Sangakkara to deliver MCC Spirit of Cricket lecture at Lord’s

May 17th, 2011 - 8:38 pm ICT by IANS  

Kumar Sangakkara London, May 17 (IANS) Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara has been chosen to deliver the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture at Lord’s July 4.

Sangakkara is the first Sri Lankan and also the first active international cricketer who has been invited to speak at the annual event. The lecture will be delivered amidst the five-match One-day series between England and Sri Lanka. At 33-years of age, the stylish left-hand batsman will also be the youngest to deliver the lecture.

Among those who have previously delivered the lecture are cricketers Geoffrey Boycott and Imran Khan and peace activist Desmond Tutu.

“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,” said Christopher Martin-Jenkins, BBC commentator and current MCC president.

“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.”

The lecture was started in 2001 in the memory of the late Colin Cowdrey, a former England captain and former MCC president. He was born in Bangalore in 1932 and his father named him Michael Colin Cowdrey to rhyme with MCC. He died in 2000.

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