LONDON (APP) Cricket and the Commonwealth are 'two institutions that inter-link and endure, said former British Prime Minister Sir John Major at a dinner to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Modern Commonwealth here at Lords Cricket Ground last night. The well-being of Nations often hangs on the affection between populations, and even on relations between individuals in Government, said Sir John who is a keen cricket enthusiast. In the Commonwealth, the King of Sports is cricket. I rarely had a meeting with a Caribbean leader or an Indian or a Pakistani - without it featuring. With Australians, cricket was almost a formal agenda item. Sir John spoke of the bonds of shared Commonwealth values, many of which find expression in cricket. He also spoke of nations defining and advancing themselves through the 'magic [of cricket] that was a guiding light for the dispossessed and the disenfranchised. Over many decades, cricket has, for some, been an escape from obscurity to fame, poverty to comfort, and exclusion to inclusion. Sir John was joined by Test Match cricketers from around the Commonwealth, chaired in discussion by BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew. The cast included Mike Brearley (England), Steve Elworthy (South Africa), Farokh Engineer (India), Geoff Howarth (New Zealand), Clive Lloyd (West Indies), Derek Underwood (England) and Sidath Wettimuny (Sri Lanka). Bob Cowper (Australia) and Asif Iqbal (Pakistan) were to have joined the panel, but were, at the last minute, unable to attend.