Audio – The 11th MCC Cowdrey Lecture at Lord’s by Kumar Sangakkara

Kumar Sangakkara delivers the MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture at Lord's © Matt Bright

Kumar Sangakkara delivers the MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture at Lord's © Matt Bright

Audio – MCC Spirit of Cricket Lecture at Lord’s 2011 by Kumar Sangakkara

Former Sri Lankan skipper Kumar Sangakkara delivered a hugely impressive speech today, 4th July at Lord’s when he delivered the ‘MCC Spirit of Cricket Colin Cowdrey Lecture 2011’ Kumar Sangakkara was the first Sri Lankan Cricketer to deliver a.’ MCC Spirit of Cricket Colin Cowdrey Lecture 2011.. Sangakkara who is 33 year old and currently touring England is the first Sri Lankan cricketer and youngest cricketer to deliver this highly regarded lecture at Lord’s.

‘MCC Spirit of Cricket Colin Cowdrey lecture started in memory his memory. Colin Cowdrey was the first Cricketer to play 100 Test matches. Cowdrey also was a past President of the MCC. The “Spirit of Cricket Colin Cowdrey lecture is held every year in July and has been delivered by distinguished and legendary cricketers from across the Test playing nations in World 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 and legendary Cricketers who had already delivered such orations.

Yesterday’s (July 04, 2011) speech by Kumar Sangakkara was mainly focused on the history of cricket in Sri Lanka and he touched on many other areas related to today’s Cricket and Spirit of Cricket.

Kumar Sangakkara recognized the role played by great Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga in developing Sri Lanka cricke to such great heights.. He was thorough in describing how a small nation like Sri Lanka produced one of best cricket teams in the world. While vividly describing reasons for his early retirement from Sri Lanka captaincy, he described how politics have invaded sports and the harm being done to the spirit of cricket. He described” how, since Sri Lanka’s 1996 World Cup victory, the Sri Lanka cricket administration had changed “from a volunteer-led Organization run by well conversant gentlemen of possessing sheer integrity into a multimillion-dollar organizations 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. Kumar Sangakkara received a standing ovation for his stirling, eloquent speech from the distinguished gathering of about 1500 guests.

One could listen to the full audio of Kumar Sangakkara’s speech in the following audio, youtube player and we will publish the video of the event in the coming days.

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  • Gamini Peiris

    Excellent lecture.Good for Cricket, good for Sri Lanka.Thank you Kumar.

  • Megha

    Hello Sangakkara, truely you are one of the fantastic cricketer, salute for love towards your nation, I believe not only srilankans, but also Indians are proud of you. Very good speaker you are….! keep it up…!

  • Asantha kumara

    Excellent lecture. We proud of u, Sri Lanka proud of u. I love listening to u. We salute u.