MCC to extend president Sangakkara's term

The MCC has extended the term of president Kumar Sangakkara (c) for an extra year due to the virus

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.

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 September 30, 2021, a motion likely to be approved in its June 24 annual 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," the MCC said in a statement, citing the stints of Lord Hawke (1914-18) and Stanley Christopherson (1939-45).