In its 233 years of history, the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has got its first woman president with former England team captain Clare Connor chosen to lead it.
Connor was chosen as the MCC’s next president at an annual general meeting on Wednesday held through online platform. The 43-year old former all rounder will take charge of the post on October 1 next year. Present president Kumar Sangakkara has been asked to remain in the role for a second term till that date. The post of the president is usually for one year but Sangakkara was nominated again for another year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Soon after the announcement, Connor said she was deeply honoured to be named the next president of MCC. She said that cricket had enriched her life so deeply already and now it has handed her the wonderful privilege.
Connor now heads the International Cricket Council’s women’s cricket committee. Pointing out that times have changed, Connor said that she had now got the opportunity to lead one of the most influential clubs.
She was born in 1976 in Brighton, East Sussex, England. She studied English at the University of Manchester, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1998. Connor had represented England from 1995 to 2005 and captained the side from 2000. She played 16 Tests and 93 ODI’s. She scored 502 runs and picked up 24 wickets in 16 Tests, in the ODIs, she scored 1087 runs and took 80 wickets.
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