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Simon Taufel to deliver MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture on Wednesday

MCC will welcome Simon Taufel to Lord’s on Wednesday (24th July) to deliver the thirteenth MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture in front of a capacity audience in the Nursery Pavilion.

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 The Most Reverend Dr Desmond Tutu in 2008 and past MCC President and former cricket journalist and broadcaster, Christopher Martin-Jenkins in 2007.    

After the Lecture, Taufel will be joined by former England captain and MCC President Designate Mike Gatting, and England and Middlesex batsman Eoin Morgan, for a panel discussion on the hot topics in the game, led by radio and television journalist, Alison Mitchell.

Visitors to can listen to the Lecture live from 18.30.

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Notes to editors:

The 2013 MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture will start at 18.30 in the Nursery Pavilion at Lord’s Cricket Ground.  Media wishing to attend the event should email

Following the Lecture exclusive video clips from the discussion panel will be posted on and royalty free photos will be be available to download from  Photos are available for the sole use of illustrating the 2013 MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture, and users will need to register on the website in advance. 

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.

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.


For further information on this story please contact:

Beth Wild

MCC Media & Public Officer

Lord's Cricket Ground

Direct Line: 020 7616 8699

Mobile: 07929 348074


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