Kumar Sangakkara is set to serve a second term as MCC President after the club's committee announced its intention to offer the former Sri Lanka skipper an extension in the role.
Sangakkara created history when he was voted in as the first non-British MCC President last year following his nomination by the ex-chairman Anthony Wreford.
He will now join a distinguished list of individuals to have remained in charge for multiple terms. The decision to prolong Sangakkara's current term has been reached amidst the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic that has halted all cricket activity.
A twelve-month period of the MCC presidency has been the norm except under unusual circumstances such as the ongoing virus-induced health crisis. During the First and Second World Wars, Lord Hawke and Stanley Christopherson also served for longer periods respectively.
The recommendation to extend Sangakkara's tenure will have to be approved at the Club’s Members at the Annual General Meeting, forced to be rescheduled to June 24. His successor will thus be expected to take up the post in October 2021, pending approval from the club members.
Sangakkara's association with the MCC stretches back to 2011 when he received accolades for a powerful MCC Cowdrey Lecture. He was soon bestowed with Honorary Life Membership of the Club in 2012 and became an active member of the MCC's World Cricket Committee.
The talented southpaw enjoys a special status in the echelons of cricket, having amassed 12,400 runs at a stunning average of 57.40 across 134 Test matches. Post-retirement, Sangakkara has made a successful transition to the field of broadcasting, making appearances as a respected pundit for various series and tournaments.
He recently captained MCC on a monumental tour of Pakistan in February 2020 marking a brave return to the country 11 years after he was part of the Sri Lankan squad that was targetted in a terrorist attack in Lahore. The Sangakkara-led MCC won two T20 matches and were defeated in a 50-over clash and a T20 encounter. Subsequently, the 42-year-old urged international teams to consider touring Pakistan and praised the raucous crowds that greeted him in Lahore.