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Simon Taufel to deliver 2013 MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture

The thirteenth MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture will be delivered by Simon Taufel at Lord’s on Wednesday 24th July 2013.

The highly respected former international official will become the first umpire to deliver the Lecture, and will be the third Australian to speak at the annual event, following Richie Benaud, who delivered the inaugural Cowdrey Lecture in 2001, and Adam Gilchrist (2009).  He is also the third Lecturer to be invited from outside the circle of former and current international players, after past MCC President and former cricket journalist and broadcaster, Christopher Martin-Jenkins in 2007 and The Most Reverend Dr Desmond Tutu in 2008.   

MCC President, Mike Griffith, said:

“Simon Taufel has been one of the most respected umpires in world cricket for over a decade, and I am delighted that he has accepted the Club’s invitation to give the thirteenth MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture.

“As the first umpire to deliver the Lecture, he will offer a unique insight into how the Spirit of Cricket Preamble, which was introduced to the 2000 Code of the Laws of Cricket, practically translates within the modern game.  Indeed, as a member of the MCC Laws sub committee, the Club already benefits from his vast knowledge and experience to help tackle the key issues surrounding the game’s Laws.  I am very much looking forward to listening to him address the current areas of contention in the sport, at an event which has become one of the highlights of the MCC calendar.”      

Simon Taufel said:

“After the initial shock of being asked, I am delighted, honoured and humbled to be able to participate in such an important cricket event – I look forward to representing umpiring in this fine tradition and all that Mr Cowdrey stood for.”

After umpiring his first Test Match in 2000 at the age of 29, Simon Taufel quickly became one of the most highly respected and experienced officials on the international cricket circuit.  He was named the ICC’s Umpire of the Year five successive times from 2004 to 2008, and stood in a total of 74 Test Matches, 174 One Day Internationals and 34 international Twenty20 fixtures, during a career which spanned twelve years.  Following the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka last year, Taufel retired from the ICC’s Elite Panel, and took up the role of Umpire Performance and Training Manager with the ICC.

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Notes to editors:

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, who – 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.


Former MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecturers:

2012 Tony Greig

2011 Kumar Sangakarra

2010 Imran Khan

2009 Adam Gilchrist

2008 The Most Reverend Desmond Tutu

2007 Christopher Martin-Jenkins

2006 Martin Crowe

2005 Geoffrey Boycott

2004 Clive Lloyd

2003 Sunil Gavaskar

2002 Barry Richards

2001 Richie Benaud


The 2013 MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture will start at 18.30 in the Nursery Pavilion at Lord’s Cricket Ground on Wednesday 24th July.

Media information and details about obtaining tickets for the event will be released in due course.


For further information on this story please contact:

Beth Wild

MCC Media & Public Affairs Officer

Lord's Cricket Ground

Direct Line: 020 7616 8699

Mobile: 07929 348074


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