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2016 MCC Cowdrey Lecture to be delivered by Brendon McCullum

2016 MCC Cowdrey Lecture to be delivered by Brendon McCullum
Brendon McCullum is set to retire from international cricket in February after the series against Australia.
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New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has been chosen to deliver the iconic 2016 Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture on 6th June.

This makes McCullum the second player from New Zealand to deliver the Cowdrey Lecture after former captain Martin Crowe who addressed in 2006.

McCullum was chosen in recognition for the way the New Zealand team played under his captaincy for which he was also awarded the International Cricket Council Spirit of Cricket award.

After the speech by McCullum there will be a question and answer session with him and a panel of cricketers, who will discuss various topics regarding the game.

McCullum is also slated to join the MCC World Cricket Committee on 1st October after being picked by the chairman Mike Brearley and head of cricket John Stephenson.

The MCC president Roger Knight is confident that McCullum will deliver an engaging address as he has a good awareness of the modern game.

“Brendon McCullum is one of the best cricketers of his generation and I’m sure will be a very engaging speaker, especially given his insight in to the modern game.

“He has embodied the play hard, play fair message of the MCC Spirit of Cricket throughout his playing career, especially in his captaincy, so is a perfect fit for this event.

“We are delighted that MCC’s relationship with Brendon will continue after the Lecture when he joins our World Cricket committee in October, and I’ve no doubt his experience will be a valuable asset to the group.” 

Stating that the invitation to deliver the Cowdrey Lecture is an honour McCullum hoped that his address will be an interesting one for the people watching it.

“It was an honour to be asked to deliver the MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture – especially given the stature of some previous speakers – so I was very pleased to accept the invitation.

“There are a number of important issues in world cricket at the moment that I am looking forward to addressing, and I hope it is an interesting evening for everyone watching.

“I’m also very pleased to be joining the World Cricket committee in October and being given the chance to discuss and have an impact on world cricket.” 

The MCC Cowdrey Lecture in the year 2015 was delivered by the current chairman of Australian selectors and former wicket-keeper batsman Rod Marsh. 

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