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The most prominent and influential leaders will join forces at Lord's on 4-6 July in what will be the first event of its kind to be held within cricket's eco-system.

The event is being hosted and funded by MCC to help shape cricket's ongoing global success and provide balance across its huge spectrum of stakeholders.

Cricket has never been at a more exciting and exacting stage. The game has more money and more opportunity than ever before and with that comes responsibility and the challenge of providing answers to many of the questions being contemplated all around the world.

Leading the game into the future is a complex task but well within the means of those who currently run it. By bringing them together, we aim to address some of these questions and challenges, while celebrating the many successes.


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Speakers and Panellists

World Cricket Connects is excited to welcome some of the most influential and well-known names in cricket, coming together to discuss key issues, challenges and opportunities facing the game.

Names will include:

Michael Atherton
Kumar Sangakkara
Richard Thompson
Greg Barclay
Sir Andrew Strauss
Diana Puketapu-Lyndon
Sanjog Gupta
Brendon McCullum
Mike Baird
Heather Knight
Manoj Badale
Graeme Smith

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Attendance is by invitation only and the event will not be streamed online, but there will be the chance to follow discussion from the event on MCC's social media channels. There will also be a video wrap-up of the event released in the days after the event, with some of the game's big names discussing the outputs. There will also be a number of articles appearing in the media, both in the run-up to and after the event.

The main body of the event will take place in the Long Room at Lord's, one of the most iconic venues in the game. 

MCC is a neutral body that cares deeply about the game. The Club sees this as an opportunity to bring together many of cricket's leading decision-makers and thinkers in an attempt to try to find consensus on what the game can do better.

This will be the first World Cricket Connects and it is hoped that many different discussions around the shape of the game will continue to be had as the game evolves in the future, which may see a need for further Connects events.

In the topics of conversation section of the website, you can find the full list of speakers and panellists with a range of stakeholders from across the game recognised for what we will be four thought-provoking sessions during the day.


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