Brendon McCullum, the New Zealand captain, will deliver this year’s Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture at Lord’s, the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) announced on Tuesday (January 19).
McCullum, 34, a veteran of 99 Tests, is due to retire from international cricket next month before heading to Lord’s to play for county side Middlesex in English domestic cricket’s Twenty20 Blast competition.
McCullum said in an MCC statement: “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.”
The inaugural Cowdrey Lecture – named after Colin Cowdrey, the late former England captain – was given by the late Richie Benaud in 2001 and subsequent speakers have included New Zealand great Martin Crowe, Pakistan’s Imran Khan, Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara, as well as notable figures from outside cricket such as South Africa’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
McCullum will deliver his address at Lord’s on June 6, three days before the start of the Lord’s Test against Sri Lanka.
Roger Knight, the MCC president, said: “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.”