Australian Simon Taufel will become the first umpire to give the prestigious MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture, the England [ Images ] and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced in London [ Images ] on Friday.
The lecture began in 2001 in memory of former Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) president Colin Cowdrey, who played a key role in the 'Spirit of Cricket' being enshrined in the preamble of the Code of the Laws of Cricket in 2000.
The late British cricket journalist Christopher Martin-Jenkins gave the lecture six years ago, with former Anglican bishop Desmond Tutu [ Images ] following suit in 2008.
"After the initial shock of being asked, I am delighted, honoured and humbled to be able to participate in such an important cricket event," said Taufel.
"I look forward to representing umpiring in this fine tradition and all that Mr Cowdrey stood for."
This year's lecture will take place on July 24.