Former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara is set to serve his second term as the president of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) as the current activities have been postponed at the club. MCC made the official announcement on Wednesday that it would recommend a second term for the legendary batsman. Sangakkara who is the first overseas president of MCC, took charge of the club at October 1 last year and he also recently participated in a successful club tour of Pakistan. It was Sanga’s first return to the country since the terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in March 2009. Also Read - Lockdown 5.0 News: Dine-in Restaurants, Beaches to Open From June 1 With Limited Visitors, Mandatory Aarogy Setu App
“The disruption to the global cricketing landscape caused by the outbreak of Covid-19 has led the Committee to recommend that Sangakkara, who began his term of office on 1 October 2019, be invited to serve as President of the Club until 30 September 2021,” the club said in a statement. Also Read - ECB in Talks With ICC to Allow Coronavirus Substitutes in Upcoming Tests
The recommendation for Sangakarra’s extension will be sent for approval to the club’s members at the Annual General Meeting, which has been scheduled for June 24. Also Read - 4 Steps Ahead of COVID-19, Can't be in Permanent Shutdown, Says Kejriwal Ahead of Possible Lockdown Extension
The club also added that this was not the first time a president will serve beyond his one year tenure.
“Whilst Presidents of MCC only normally serve for a twelve-month period, it is not unprecedented for longer terms to be introduced to respond to extraordinary circumstances.”
During the two World Wars, Lord Hawke (1914-18) and Stanley Christopherson (1939-45) had served as president for longer than a year.
The coronavirus outbreak has caused all international and domestic cricket around the world to be either cancelled or postponed.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has suspended all forms of professional cricket till July 1 due to the outbreak, which has wreaked havoc globally but more so in the United Kingdom.