Former English captain Clare Connor is about to be the first-ever female president of the Marylebone Cricket Club.
In the 233-year history of Marylebone, the club has never encountered a female president. However, things are about to change as former English women's team captain Clare Connor was declared to be the next president of the club.
Connor shared her feelings by saying, ‘I am deeply honoured to be named the next President of MCC. Cricket has enriched my life so deeply already, and now it hands me this wonderful privilege. We often need to look back to see how far we've come. I made my first visit to Lord's as a starry-eyed, cricket-obsessed nine-year-old girl at a time when women were not welcome in the Long Room. Times have changed’.
‘Now I find myself entrusted with this remarkable opportunity - the opportunity to play a part in helping MCC, cricket's most influential club, to thrive and grow in an even more modern and inclusive future. And as we take small steps to emerge from this uncertain and difficult time, we are going to need the power of sport and strong sporting organisations like MCC more than ever. I really am very proud to have been asked to be its next president’, she added.
During her career which started in 1995, Connor played a total of 16 Tests, 93 ODIs and two T20Is. She was the captain of the England Women for six years. During her captaincy, she led the team to a historic win in 2005.
After her playing career, she worked passionately for women’s cricket. She was the board director of Sussex Cricket and a part of ICC Women’s Cricket Committee since 2011. Currently, she is ECB’s managing director of women’s cricket.
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