Stephen Fry will succeed former England women’s team captain Clare Connor in October.© AFP
British actor and writer Stephen Fry was named the new president of the influential Marylebone Cricket Club, which manages the rules of the game on Wednesday. The 64-year-old Fry will take over from the former captain of the English women’s team Clare Connor in October. “I am honored and proud to be nominated as MCC’s next president,” said Fry, who was nominated for a Golden Globe for playing Oscar Wilde in the 1997 film ‘Wilde’. Known all over the world for what it represents in the game and to have the opportunity to fill this role is really humbling.”
“I thank Clare for this incredible opportunity and I look forward to supporting her as presidential candidate in the summer before starting my own innings in the fall.”
Fry, who has chaired the mental health charity Mind for more than a decade, is also a playwright, comedian, and film director.
Connor, who last year became the MCC’s first female president since the Lord’s club was founded in 1787, said she was “excited” to announce Fry as her successor – the position rotates on an annual basis.
The former skipper, who is director of England women’s cricket, said: “He has a deep love and concern for cricket and will be a great ambassador for MCC…. He will bring a wealth of experience to the role and I hope he is enjoying his year to the fullest.”
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