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Kumar Sangakkara to deliver 2011 MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture

Kumar Sangakkara to deliver 2011 MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture

Date:  Tuesday 17th May 2011                       Release time:  Immediate

The eleventh MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture will be delivered by Kumar Sangakkara at Lord’s on Monday 4th July 2011.

The prolific top-order batsman will become the first Sri Lankan and the first current international cricketer to be invited to speak at the annual event – one day after he will have played against England at Lord’s in a One Day International.  Sangakkara will also take over from 2009 speaker, Adam Gilchrist, as the youngest man to deliver the lecture, from a list which includes other greats from the game and beyond – such as Geoffrey Boycott, Archbishop Desmond TuTu and, most recently, Imran Khan.

The MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture was inaugurated in 2001 in memory of the late Lord Cowdrey of Tonbridge, a past President of MCC, who – together with another former Club President, Ted Dexter – was instrumental in the Spirit of Cricket being included as the Preamble to the 2000 Code of the Laws of Cricket.

Christopher Martin-Jenkins, MCC President, said:

“Sri Lanka have been so consistently successful in world cricket that it is very appropriate that a distinguished cricketer from this beautiful country should be giving the MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey lecture.

“Kumar Sangakkara is widely respected in cricket not only as a brilliant player but as a highly intelligent one.  His views on topical matters will be truly illuminating and many people will be looking forward to hearing what he has to say.”

Since making his debut for Sri Lanka aged 22 Kumar Sangakkara has become a dominant force in world cricket.  Currently averaging over 57 in Test matches, he was the first batsman to score more than 150 in an innings in four consecutive Tests, and has also enjoyed a successful career behind the stumps, with 183 Test dismissals.  Earlier this year Sangakkara led Sri Lanka to the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup and finished as the tournament’s third highest run scorer.  Following the defeat against India he resigned as captain from all formats of the game, but remains a key component of the Sri Lankan team.

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Beth Wild

MCC Media & Communications Officer

Lord’s Cricket Ground

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