MCC appoint first female president as Kumar Sangakkara steps down

The ECB’s Managing Director of Women’s Cricket Clare Connor has officially taken over as MCC president, replacing Kumar Sangakkara.

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Former England batter Clare Connor has officially succeeded Sri Lanka legend Kumar Sangakkara as the new president of the MCC.

Connor was nominated to become president last year, but Sangakkara’s term was extended to two years as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

She becomes the first ever female president of the MCC, who are responsible for the laws of cricket and own the iconic Lord’s ground.

On her appointment, Connor said: “I am truly honoured to be MCC President and would like to thank Kumar Sangakkara for putting his faith in me to deliver this enormously important role, for the good of the sport I have loved all my life.

Clare Connor has officially taken over as MCC president


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“I will try to bring my range of experiences from the dressing room and the boardroom to support, influence and work alongside the Club’s leadership and committees over the next 12 months. I am really looking forward to being part of the MCC team”.

On Twitter, Sangakkara said it was “an absolute honour and privilege” to serve as the MCC’s president.

He wrote: “Thank you to all members, committees, staff. @ConnorCricket you will be as always brilliant in your role. Have the best year.”

“Thank you @KumarSanga2 – and thank you for passing the baton on to me”, Connor replied. “I’ve felt such support and warmth building up to today and can’t wait to be part of the @MCCOfficial team!!”

Connor has replaced former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara



The MCC have also confirmed the appointment of Bruce Carnegie-Brown as their new chairman, succeeding Gerald Corbett.

Carnegie-Brown said: “It is a privilege to be MCC’s next Chairman and to increase my involvement with such a special Club.

“I look forward to working with the Club’s Members to ensure that the Home of Cricket continues to provide a world class venue and warm welcome to players and visitors from around the country and internationally.”

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