Sangakkara’s term as President of MCC to be extended

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The Committee of MCC has today announced its intention to offer the Club’s President, Kumar Sangakkara, a further year in the role.

The disruption to the global cricketing landscape caused by the outbreak of Covid-19 Coronavirus has led the Committee to recommend that Sangakkara, who began his term of office on 1 October 2019, be invited to serve as President of the Club until 30 September 2021.

The motion will need to be approved by the Club’s Members at the Annual General Meeting, which has been rescheduled to 24 June.

As is traditionally the case, the MCC President will name their successor at the Club’s Annual General Meeting. Sangakkara’s successor can expect to take up the post on 1 October 2021, again pending approval.

Whilst Presidents of MCC only normally serve for a twelve-month period, it is not unprecedented for longer terms to be introduced to respond to extraordinary circumstances. During the First and Second World Wars, Lord Hawke (1914-18) and Stanley Christopherson (1939-45) served for longer periods.

Former Sri Lankan international Sangakkara became the first non-British President in the history of MCC when he was nominated by outgoing President Anthony Wreford last year.

Sangakkara was already heavily involved with MCC and delivered a powerful and memorable MCC Cowdrey Lecture in 2011. He was awarded Honorary Life Membership of the Club in 2012 and joined MCC’s World Cricket committee the same year, and remains an active member.

In February 2020, he captained MCC on a seminal tour of Pakistan – the Club’s first tour to the country since 1973. The aim of the visit was to encourage international teams to visit Pakistan once again, following a decade in which the country was starved of international cricket as a result an attack targeting the team bus of the Sri Lankan tour squad, who included Sangakkara amongst their number.

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  • Mk Wednesday, 06 May 2020 02:55 PM

    WE VERY PROUD OF WE ARE SRILANKA

    Neville Wednesday, 06 May 2020 02:56 PM

    Of what importance it is, at this time of peril.

    Neville Wednesday, 06 May 2020 03:02 PM

    Perhaps as the President of MCC for two consecutive years, he may do something worthwhile to help victims of Covin 19 in Sri Lanka in particular and the world in general.

    Patriot Wednesday, 06 May 2020 03:37 PM

    What a honour for this small island among other giant cricketing nations. But see the damage being done by useless politicians and their henchmen governing our beloved country.

    CITIZEN Wednesday, 06 May 2020 05:06 PM

    CONGRATULATIONS SANGA

    James Ingram Wednesday, 06 May 2020 05:50 PM

    MCC president ? What has he done for SL cricket after been in the chair for a year , Nothing . So next years is also the same. Good for UK not for us. His Lecture good for Oxford not for us .

    Srikantha Selvaratnam Wednesday, 06 May 2020 05:52 PM

    He is well deserved for this prestigious position and we all Sri Lankans are proud of you. Srikantha

    Bua Wednesday, 06 May 2020 06:11 PM

    Yet another national crisis solved.

    Dr Wimal Wijeyaratne Wednesday, 06 May 2020 07:33 PM

    MCC Cowdrey lecture of 2011 given by Sankakara which was the basis for England’s affection for Sankakara and subsequently being given the MCC Presidency, was an anti-Sri Lankan lecture.. Any body can read the lecture on the Internet.

    Ravindrakumar Wednesday, 06 May 2020 08:59 PM

    The greatest and most respected cricketer ever produced by Srilanka,true legend.

    Pantha cricket Kumaran Wednesday, 06 May 2020 09:08 PM

    Sanga, you are a pride to our contry. I do hope our politicians follow your foot step.


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