England’s Claire Connor named MCC’s first female president

Former England women’s cricket captain Claire Connor has been named the first female president of the historic Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC).

According to a report by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Claire Connor, Managing Director of England and Wales Cricket Board Women’s Cricket, will take up her new post on October 1, 2021.

Claire Connor will replace former Sri Lankan great batsman and captain Kumar Sangakkara in the MCC, who has been offered the presidency for a second term.

“It’s an honor to be nominated as the next president of the MCC,” said Claire Connor.

“Cricket has already filled my life and now I am getting great respect,” he said.

It may be recalled that the MCC currently has a total of 18,000 members, while in 2018, women were given membership for the first time, even though a vote was taken 20 years ago to include women.

The MCC is headquartered at the historic Lord’s Stadium while it oversees the rules of cricket.

“I visited Lord’s for the first time at the age of nine when women were not allowed in the long room, but times have changed,” said Claire Connor.

“Now I have an extraordinary opportunity to play a role in helping the MCC, which is an influential cricket club and modernizes the game,” he said.

Former all-rounder Claire Connor led England to the women’s Ashes series victory for the first time in 42 years.

Former Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara took over the MCC presidency in October 2019 and was offered the post for another year due to the corona virus.

“I am glad that Claire Connor has accepted the invitation to be the next president of the MCC,” Sangakkara said.

“The role of the club is important for the global acceptance of cricket and I hope Claire will make a valuable contribution to the MCC,” he said.

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