Former Sri Lankan skipper Kumar Sangakkara delivered a hugely impressive speech today at Lord’s when he raised to deliver the MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture. Kumar Sangakkara was the first Sri Lankan Cricketer to deliver a MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture. Sangakkara who is 33 year old and currently touring England is the first firsr current cricketer and youngest Cricketer to deliver this highly regarded lecture at Lord”s.
MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey lecture started in 2011 in memory of the late Colin Cowdrey who was the first Cricketer to play 100 test matches. Cowdrey also a past president of MCC. “Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey lecture” is held every year in July and has been delivered by distinguished figures from across the world of cricket.
Sunil Gavaskar (2003), Clive Lloyd (2004), Geoffrey Boycott (2005), Martin Crowe (2006), Adam Gilchrist (2009) and Imran Khan (2010) are few of the popular Cricketers who have already delivered an oration.
Yesterday’s (July 04, 2011) speech by Kumar Sangakkara mainly focused on history of cricket in Sri Lanka and he touched on many other areas related to todays Cricket and Spirit of Cricket.
Kumar Sangakkara recognized the role played by great Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranathunga in developing Sri Lanka cricket. He was through in describing how a small nation like Sri Lanka produced one of best Cricket team in the world. While vividly describing reasons for his early retirement from Sri Lanka captaincy, he described how politics have invaded Sport and the harm being done to the spirit of cricket. He described how, since Sri Lanka’s 1996 World Cup victory, Sri Lanka cricket administration had changed “from a volunteer-led organisation run by well-meaning men of integrity into a multimillion-dollar organisation that has been in turmoil ever since”.
Sangakkara did not forget to share his experience during the post Tsunami rehabilitation and his experience in 2009 terrorist attack in Lahore, Pakistan. Keumar Sangakkara received a standing ovation for his stirring, eloquent speech from the distinguished gathering.
You can listen to full audio of Kumar Sangakkara’s speech in the following audio player and we will publish the video of the event in coming days. Full text of Kumar Sangakkara’s lecture is available HERE. Watch the videos of Pannel Discussion Here.
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