LONDON: The International Cricket Council (ICC) are to abandon their home of 96 years at Lord's Cricket Ground in London and move to Dubai.
“The package on offer to relocate the ICC to Dubai was very attractive and preparations are now in an advanced stage to move to the Emirate in August this year,” ICC chairman Ehsan Mani said in a statement on Monday.
The ICC have had their headquarters at the Marylebone Cricket Club in north-west London since 1909.
Their operations had been split between London, which handled all of the administrative work, and the commercial and financial operation in Monaco.
“The Board have been committed to unifying their 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,” Mani added.
The ICC will initially move to a complex within Dubai's Media City for two years before building their own premises within the specially-constructed Sports City complex. – Reuters