Former England women’s team skipper Clare Connor is set to be named the first female president in the illustrious 233-year-old history of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). The historic announcement was made at a grand AGM on Wednesday.
Connor, who was nominated by current president Kumar Sangakkara during the MCC’s first online AGM, will assume the role starting from October 2021, awaiting approval by the club’s members.
Sri Lankan legend Sangakkara, the first non-British president, is likely to keep the role for a second year because of the chaos created by the coronavirus pandemic.
“I am deeply honoured to be named the next President of MCC. Cricket has enriched my life so deeply already, and now it hands me this wonderful privilege,” Connor, managing director of women’s cricket at the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), said in a statement.
“We often need to look back to see how far we’ve come. I made my first visit to Lord’s as a starry-eyed, cricket-obsessed nine-year-old girl at a time when women were not welcome in the Long Room. Times have changed.” she added.
For those of you who don’t know, the MCC owns and is based at Lord’s. It is hence the most prestigious club in cricket, acting as custodian and arbiter of the laws of the sport. Alongside contesting around 480 games per year against schools, universities and clubs, the legendary club also invests 2 million pounds ($2.49 million) per year into youth cricket.
As of now, the MCC has 18,000 full members. The club introduced its first female full member in 2018, 2 decades years after a vote to allow women to join.
All-rounder Connor made her England debut in 1995, aged 19, and became captain in 2000. In 2005 she led England to a first Ashes series win over Australia for 42 years.