Cowdrey Lecture

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The Cowdrey Lecture, also referred to as the MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture, is an annual event organised by the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) at the Lord's Cricket Ground.

The event was first hosted in 2001, following the death of its eponym Late Lord Colin Cowdrey, in December 2000. Colin Cowdrey is reported to have been instrumental in adapting the Captains' Charter as the Spirit of Cricket and subsequently adding it as the preamble to the Laws of Cricket. [1]

It is held annually during the English summer and is delivered by pre-eminent cricketing personalities. The event is an invite only affair, with high profile cricketing personalities, représentatives of cricketing boards and journalists in attendance. The format of the event is simple: the cowdrey lecture followed by an informal discussion/question-answer session with a panel of distinguished personalities.[1]

List of all lectures till date[edit]

Cowdrey Lecturers, chronlogically since inception.
Year Lecturer Country of Lecturer Flag Key Message Panel
2001 Richie Benaud Australia Australia No known recording. Manuscript available on the Lord's official website.
2002 Barry Richards South Africa South Africa
2003 Sunil Gavaskar India India
2004 Clive Lloyd West Indies West Indies Cricket Board
2005 Geoffrey Boycott England England
2006 Martin Crowe New Zealand New Zealand
2007 Christopher Martin-Jenkins England England
2008 Desmond Tutu* [2] South Africa South Africa Racism and sports, apartheid, impact of sports on politics, Spirit of Cricket
2009 Adam Gilchrist Australia Australia
2010 Imran Khan Pakistan Pakistan
2011 Kumar Sangakkara* [3] Sri Lanka Sri Lanka The history of Sri Lankan cricket, Spirit of Cricket, socio-cultural impact of cricket. Mark Nicholas, Kumar Sangakkara,Michael Holding, Andrew Strauss
2012 Tony Greig England England
2013 Simon Taufel Australia Australia
2014 Sir Ian Botham England England
2015 Rod Marsh Australia Australia
2016 Brendon McCullum New Zealand New Zealand
2017 Brian Lara West Indies West Indies Cricket Board
2018 Dave Richardson South Africa South Africa Spirit of Cricket, Code of conduct, ball tampering incident of Newlands, Womens Cricket, Player penalties and punishments. Mark Nicholas, Dave Richardson, Sanjay Manjrekar, Jason Roy

* - Denotes Lecturers who received standing ovations from the audience.

Notable facts[edit]

  • Kumar Sangakkara was the only actively playing cricketer to have delivered a Cowdrey Lecture. Every other lecturer has been a retired player who has been serving cricket in other ways.[citation needed]
  • The two men above are also the only ones to have received a standing ovation for their speech.[3][2]

Lecturers by country[edit]

Flag Country Number of lecturers
Australia Australia 4
England England 4
South Africa South Africa 3
West Indies Cricket Board West Indies 2
New Zealand New Zealand 2
India India 1
Pakistan Pakistan 1
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka 1

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture". Retrieved 2018-08-08.
  2. ^ a b c "Archbishop Desmond Tutu gets standing ovation after cricket lecture". Retrieved 2018-08-08.
  3. ^ a b "SANGAKKARA AND THE SPIRIT OF CRICKET". Retrieved 2018-08-08.