Sangakkara named first non-British MCC President

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COLOMBO: Sri Lanka  legend Kumar Sangakkara will become the first non-British MCC President on 1 October for one year.

His nomination was announced yesterday at Lord’s by the current President, Anthony Wreford, at the MCC Annual General Meeting, according to the ICC.

Sangakkara described his appointment as a huge honour.

“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,” Sangakkara told the Lord’s website.

“For me, MCC is the greatest cricket club in the world, with its global reach and continued progress for cricket on and off the pitch.

“The year 2020 is going to be yet another significant one in cricket, especially at Lord’s, and I am thrilled that I am going to be able to play a part in supporting its future as President of MCC.”

His presidency will oversee England Test matches at Lord’s played against West Indies and Pakistan.

MCC President, Anthony Wreford, said: “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.

“He is an outstanding individual both on and off the field and will make a huge contribution to the Club. In a World Cup and Ashes year he will also have a significant role to play as President Designate.”