Paris: Cricket's governing body the International Cricket Council (ICC) is set to move its headquarters from London to Monte Carlo, it was revealed to reporters on Monday.
The ICC, who will retain an office in London, is awaiting final government clearance from within the tax-free state before completing the move from the land where cricket was invented to a place, which does not possess one cricket pitch. The ICC, which is run by Aussie duo president Malcolm Gray and chief executive Malcolm Speed and have already hired staff and set up an office, would be following the example of several other ruling sporting bodies in the modern pentathlon and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), who also decamped from London. According to a source close to the negotiations, the move is being facilitated by Monte Carlo-based Australian cricket legend Bob Cowper, who played 27 Tests in the 1960's averaging over 45 and had a top score of 307 against England in Melbourne in the 1965-66 tour. "The council of state will advise Prince Rainier on the final decision but it will ultimately boil down to him," the source told reporters. "It makes sense from the tax point of view for them to come here though it will look a bit funny considering there are no cricket pitches, at least the IAAF came to a place which had a high class athletics meeting which is now in the Golden League series," he added.
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