Kumar Sangakkara to become MCC President from October 2019
Former Sri Lankan cricket hero Kumar Sangakkara is set to become the next MCC President from October 1, 2019 for a period of one year The legendary cricketer would become the first non-British President of the club. This is a huge honor for Sanga, who saw his nomination being announced at Lord's by the current President, Anthony Wreford.
MCC is the greatest cricket club in the world: Sanga
"It is a huge honour to be named the next President of MCC and it is a role that I am thoroughly looking forward to. For me, MCC is the greatest cricket club in the world, with its global reach," Sangakkara told the Lord's website.
Sanga's association with the MCC gains further prominence
The new move sees Sanga getting associated with the MCC in a much prominent role. Earlier, he had delivered the 2011 Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture. And then in 2012, he was awarded with the Honorary Life Membership. He had also joined the World Cricket Committee of MCC and is still a member of the same.
'I'm delighted that Kumar has accepted the invitation'
"As MCC looks to broaden both our horizons and international reputation, I'm delighted that Kumar has accepted the invitation, which he did in January this year, to be the next President of MCC," said Anthony Wreford, MCC President.
Under Sanga's reign, these events are set to take place
Under Sangakkara's presidency, England will play Test matches at Lord's against West Indies and Pakistan. Notably, ECB's new format 'The Hundred' will also occur during his term. Adding to that, is the launch of a franchise, based at the Home of Cricket as well.