Clare Connor takes charge as the first female President of MCC
Clare Connor. © Getty Images
Former England captain Clare Connor took charge of the office of President of the Marylebone Cricket Club at Lord’s on Friday (October 1). With this, she became the first female President of MCC in the club's 234-year history. She will be the successor of Kumar Sangakkara, who held the position of the president of the Club for two years due to COVID-19. A year after her nomination for the role by the Club’s AGM, Connor now will preside over the prestigious institution.
"I am truly honoured to be MCC President," Connor said, "and would like to thank Kumar Sangakkara for putting his faith in me to deliver this enormously important role, for the good of the sport I have loved all my life."
"I will try to bring my range of experiences from the dressing room and the boardroom to support, influence and work alongside the club's leadership and committees over the next 12 months. I am really looking forward to being part of the MCC team".
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Connor made her international debut at the age of 19 and has represented England in 111 internationals before hanging her boots in 2005. She was appointed the captain of the side in 2000 and in her last Test for she led England to a memorable victory against Australia at Worcester as the hosts ended their 42-year wait for the Ashes trophy.
She was given the Honorary Life Member of MCC in 2009 and she was appointed as a managing director of women's cricket in March 2019. In that capacity, Connor handled the responsibility from the grassroots level right the way through to the national team. Her tenure also saw the introduction of the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy and Charlotte Edwards Cup in domestic cricket. She was also instrumental in the successful launch of ECB’s flagship tournament, The Hundred.
MCC has also confirmed the appointment of Bruce Carnegie-Brown as the club's new chairman, who will take over from Gerald Corbett.