MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture

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.

ICC Chief Executive David Richardson will deliver the 2018 MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture at Lord’s on Monday 6th August.

The inaugural Lecture was delivered in July 2001 by Richie Benaud to an audience of invited guests. Subsequent Lecturers have been:

Year Lecturer Watch/Listen
2001 Richie Benaud  
2002 Barry Richards  
2003 Sunil Gavaskar  
2004 Clive Lloyd  
2005 Geoffrey Boycott  
2006 Martin Crowe  
2007 Christopher Martin-Jenkins  
2008 The Most Reverend Dr Desmond Tutu  
2009 Adam Gilchrist
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
2015 Rod Marsh Watch on YouTube
2016 Brendon McCullum Watch on YouTube
2017  Brian Lara 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.

Video: Favourite players and Dravid on Lara

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.


  • Kumar Sangakkara's poignant and impassioned speech on the history of cricket in Sri Lanka made headlines across the globe
  • The Most Reverend Desmond Tutu's discussion on the role the sporting boycott of South Africa played in ending apartheid - delivered during the Zimbabwe crisis
  • Tony Greig's last great Lord's performance, delivered just months before his death in 2012
  • Sir Ian Botham's powerful speech in 2014, where he declared the IPL bad for cricket



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