MCC news December 8, 2011

Greig to give Cowdrey lecture

ESPNcricinfo staff

Tony Greig, the former England captain, will deliver the 12th MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey lecture at Lord's next year. Greig will become the second ex-England captain to deliver the lecture, after Geoffrey Boycott in 2005.

The Spirit of Cricket lecture began in 2001 and was named after the late Colin Cowdrey, the former England captain and a past MCC president, who, together with another former president Ted Dexter, were instrumental in including the spirit of cricket as the preamble to the Laws of the game.

Grieg played 58 Tests for England between 1972 and 1977 and was captain 14 times. He scored 3,599 runs at 40.43 and took 141 wickets at 32.20. Now 65, Greig is broadcaster for Channel Nine in Australia.

"Fiercely competitive on the field and hugely insightful off the field, Tony Greig has had a wonderful career in the game," said MCC president Philip Hodson. "Never one to shun the limelight or shy away from voicing his opinion, I am sure that his MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture will be in keeping with the way he played the game.

"I very much look forward to welcoming him to Lord's to deliver one of the highlights in the MCC calendar, and listen to him tackle some of the key issues that currently surround the game."

This year Kumar Sangakkara gave a widely acclaimed Cowdrey lecture where he talked about controversial issues within Sri Lanka cricket and also about the importance of the sport in his country.

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  • John on December 8, 2011, 17:28 GMT

    Agree with the first post - Tony give both the ICC and BCCI Wendy Junior droppings from a great height, over DRS. Their positions have been totally contrary to the spirit of cricket on this issue and continue to damage the game significantly.

  • Andy on December 8, 2011, 16:23 GMT

    I would like to hear anything from Tony other than his promotion of SL tourism. Hope Tony doesn't disappoint his fans which I highly doubt.

  • Kali Muthu on December 8, 2011, 15:35 GMT

    A great Cricketer ... would have had a longer career but for his involvement in Packer cricketer and more importantly , England found another greater replacement in Sir. ITB...he along with Kerry Packer revolutionized the whole game of Cricket. If it was Packer who funded , it was Tony's brain that drove what was then called Packer Circus which ultimately changed the way the game was played..

  • Dummy4 on December 8, 2011, 15:25 GMT

    Tony Greig lanky colonial,controversal and knowledgable has influenced cricket and crickers for almost half a century.His father a media man from the veld plains of South Africa saw to it that cricket was a gentlemans game and would be played by his son in that spirit.We must encourage that noble spirit to be nurured in todays cricketers.

  • Dummy4 on December 8, 2011, 14:43 GMT

    A great choice. He has commentated in several countries this year alone and seen all the developments of the game over the past twelve months, good and bad. He also has some innovative ideas for a man of his age.

  • John on December 8, 2011, 13:59 GMT

    Hopefully a vital plank in Tony's lecture on the Spirit of Cricket will be need for the full acceptance and application of DRS in all forms of ICC controlled international cricket. Currently having variable playing conditions makes a mockery of the game and the comparative nature of its statistical base. Do not hold back Tony, give us your views on this, with both barrels without fear or favour !

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