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MCC to extend president Sangakkara's term amid coronavirus crisis

Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara speaks during a news conference in Colombo June 27, 2015. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - Former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara will be offered a one-year extension as president of the Marylebone Cricket Club in the “extraordinary circumstances” resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the MCC said on Wednesday.

Sangakkara became the first non-British president of the MCC, the custodian of cricket’s laws, when he took over in October last year.

The disruption caused by the outbreak prompted the MCC committee to offer the 42-year-old to continue until Sept 30, 2021, a motion likely to be approved in its June 24 annual general meeting.

“Whilst Presidents of MCC only normally serve for a twelve-month period, it is not unprecedented for longer terms to be introduced to respond to extraordinary circumstances,” MCC said in a statement, citing the stints of Lord Hawke (1914-18) and Stanley Christopherson (1939-45).

(This story corrects chairman to president in headline, no change to text)

Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in New Delhi; editing by Simon Cameron-Moore