KEEPING LORD'S WORLD CLASS
Founded in 1787, Marylebone Cricket Club is the most active and famous cricket club in the world and owner of Lord's Cricket Ground - the Home of Cricket.
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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, Cowdrey - 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.
It is held annually during the English summer and has been delivered by eminent figures from across the world of cricket - from Richie Benaud to Christopher Martin-Jenkins to Clive Lloyd.
The inaugural Lecture was delivered in July 2001 by Richie Benaud to an audience of invited guests. Subsequent Lecturers have been:
|2008||The Most Reverend Dr Desmond Tutu|
|2010||Imran Khan||Watch on YouTube|
|2011||Kumar Sangakkara||Watch on YouTube|
|2012||Tony Greig||Watch on YouTube|
|2013||Simon Taufel||Watch on YouTube|
|2014||Sir Ian Botham||Watch on YouTube|
Each Lecture has been followed by a high-level Question & Answer Session, hosted by Mark Nicholas and featuring well known panellists including: Nasser Hussain, Michael Vaughan, Paul Collingwood; Dave Richardson, Ian Healy, Jeff Thomson, Steven Finn, Graham Onions, Graeme Swann, Stuart Broad and more.
All the MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecturers, irrespective of nationality, cricketing background or age, have been united in their reverence for the founding tenets of the Spirit of Cricket: fairness, honesty and respect.