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The 2013 MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture which will be delivered by former international umpire Simon Taufel - but what is it?
Launched in 2001 with commentating doyen and former Australia captain Richie Benaud delivering the inaugural address, the MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture has become a significant date in the global cricket calendar.
The speech has been delivered by some of the foremost names from the cricket world and beyond, who are invited by the incumbent President of MCC to make the address.
Broadcasters, ex-playing legends, and even a significant figure from outside the game, The Most Reverend Desmond Tutu, have discussed what the Spirit of Cricket means to them, where the game is strong and weak, and their belief as to how the game should develop.
Notable recent speeches include those of Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara, who drew headlines across the cricketing world for his stirring, forceful and honest appraisal of the history and present state of the game in his native country, and the late Tony Greig, who used what sadly turned out to be his last major appearance on the public stage to urge India to show strong leadership within cricket.
Kumar Sangakkara's Cowdrey Lecture - part one