Kumar Sangakkara set for a one-year term extension as MCC President
Former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara set to serve as the president of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) for the second time. This decision has been taken considering the situation caused by the coronavirus outbreak. The MCC said in a statement.
A one-year term as MCC president is usually held by only one person. The MCC itself broke that tradition by proposing a second term to the first non-British president, Sangakkara. The last time this kind of incident happened during World War II.
Since its inception in 1821, a total of 168 people have held the post of MCC. Sangakkara is the fourth person to serve a second term in the governing body of cricket law at this time. Sangakkara’s appointment will be finalized at the annual general meeting of MCC board members on June 24.
Sangakkara’s relationship with MCC is very old. The Sri Lankan legend delivered a memorable speech at a 2011 MCC meeting. He was awarded an honorary lifetime membership of the club in 2012 and joined the club’s World Cricket Committee the same year.
Sangakkara led the MCC on a tour of Pakistan in February this year. This is MCC’s first visit to Pakistan since 1973. The purpose of the visit was to encourage international teams to visit the country again. International matches in the country have been suspended since a terrorist attack on a bus carrying the visiting Sri Lankan team almost a decade ago. Sangakkara was also in that Sri Lankan team.