The former Sri Lankan captian Kumar Sangakkara on Tuesday took over as the first non-British President of the historic Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) here. The former Sri Lankan wicketkeeper-batsman is the first non-British President of MCC and will hold the post for one year.
His nomination was announced by the outgoing President Anthony Wredord at the MCC annual general meeting at Lord’s in May this year. There is no better person than Kumar Sangakkara to take on the role of MCC President over the next twelve months, Outgoing MCC President Wreford said.
He strongly believes in the power of cricket to engage communities and he will be a pivotal ambassador for the importand work that MCC does, including reaffirming its international reputation this summer by staging five ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup matches including that magical final, he added.
Sangakkara’s tenure as MCC President will encompass two England Tests against West Indies and Pakistan, ODI against Australia and the launch of the hundred competition. I am thrilled to hold the prestigious position of MCC President and I look forward to working hard with the MCC to build on this incredible year of cricket, Sangakkara said in a statement. We have an opportunity to convert more supporters to the game we love and educate them about the fantastic work MCC does locally, nationally and globally for cricket and those communities, he added.
The 41 year old Sangakkara, who scored 12,400 runs in 134 Tests, has a long association with MCC. He played against the Club in 2002, opening the batting for the touring Sri Lankans in a first class match at Queen’s Park, Chesterfield. He also played for MCC against an International XI for MCC against an International XI at Lord’s in the 2005 Tsunami Relief Match. He delivered a powerful and memorable MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture in 2011. In 2012, he was awarded Honorary Life Membership of the Club. In the same year, he joined MCC’s World Cricket committee and remains an active member.
We are delighted that Kumar is taking up his position today and it is with great thanks to Anthony Wreford for choosing our first International Pesident, MCC Chief Executive and Secretary, Guy Lavender said.