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Cricket's governing body moves to Dubai

08/03/2005 05:15:40 AM Comments (0)

Cricket's world governing body announced it is moving its headquarters from London to Dubai.

The International Cricket Council, which also has offices in Monaco, said it decided on the move to unify all of its staff in one office from August this year.

"Over recent years the ICC has operated from split headquarters, with the cricket administrative and anti-corruption elements in London and the commercial and financial operations in Monaco," ICC President Ehsan Mani said.

"The Board has been committed to unifying its administration for some time and after considering a range of offers from around the world, the directors were of the view that Dubai provided the best way forward for the international game."

Formed in 1909, the ICC has been based at Lord's, the home of English cricket, and Mani said the move was made harder because of the sport's historic links with the country that invented the game.

With the commercial operation based in tax-friendly Monaco, however, the ICC would lose financially if it moved its entire operation to London.

"Clearly, cricket's deep association with England and particularly Lord's as the historic home of the sport was a factor that weighed heavily in the board's discussions on this matter," Mani said.

"Nevertheless, like many international governing bodies before us, it is clear that operating in the United Kingdom under the current (tax) system is not in the best interests of our members."

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