International Cricket Council(ICC) CEO David Richardson will deliver this year's Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey lecture at Lord's on August 6. Richardson, who has been chief executive officer of the game's governing body since 2012, has now become the second South African to deliver the coveted lecture after former right-handed batting great, Barry Richards orated the occasion in 2002.
The MCC Spirit of Cricket Lecture is organised in memory of Lord Cowdrey of Tonbridge and has been an annual platform to discuss and debate various issues around the cricketing world. It has been a much-awaited event since it's inauguration in 2001 by the lecture from great Richie Benaud.
Richardson, who played 42 Test matches, is an honorary member of the MCC.
MCC President Lord MacLaurin talked about the occasion and said, "I am delighted that David has accepted the invitation to deliver this year's MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey lecture. Since its inception in 2001, the event has become one of the key dates in the calendar at Lord's and to have David, who holds such a central role in the game, making the address this year is entirely appropriate as we consider recent cricket events and look ahead to next year's World Cup"
"We are fortunate to have had some of the game's central figures delivering the lecture over the past 17 years and are thrilled that David will be joining the list. We look forward to hearing what I am sure will be a thought-provoking and erudite address"
Richardson himself is delighted to be chosen for oration of the lecture. He said, "It is an honour to be asked to deliver the Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture and I would like to thank MCC for the opportunity. To follow in the footsteps of my fellow South Africans Barry Richards and Archbishop Desmond Tutu as well as other greats of the game like Sunil Gavaskar and Imran Khan is both a privilege and a responsibility"
"The invitation is a timely one given the current debate about the spirit of the game and, I hope I can do the memory of Colin Cowdrey proud in provoking the conversation around how we protect that spirit that is so unique to our sport long into the future"
(Inputs from SportsKeeda)