Tuesday, July 5, 2011
MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture 2011
MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey lecture started in 2011 in memory of the late Colin Cowdrey who was the first Cricketer to play 100 test matches. Cowdrey also a past president of MCC. “Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey lecture” is held every year in July and has been delivered by distinguished figures from across the world of cricket.
Sunil Gavaskar (2003), Clive Lloyd (2004), Geoffrey Boycott (2005), Martin Crowe (2006), Adam Gilchrist (2009) and Imran Khan (2010) are few of the popular Cricketers who have already delivered an oration.
speech was mainly focused on history of cricket in Sri Lanka and he touched on many other areas related to todays Cricket and Spirit of Cricket.
Kumar Sangakkara recognized the role played by great Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranathunga in developing Sri Lanka cricket. He was through in describing how a small nation like Sri Lanka produced one of best Cricket team in the world. While vividly describing reasons for his early retirement from Sri Lanka captaincy, he described how politics have invaded Sport and the harm being done to the spirit of cricket. He described how, since Sri Lanka’s 1996 World Cup victory, Sri Lanka cricket administration had changed “from a volunteer-led organisation run by well-meaning men of integrity into a multimillion-dollar organisation that has been in turmoil ever since”.