Paris: Cricket's governing body the International Cricket Council (ICC) denied on Monday it was to move its headquarters to Monte Carlo after a source had told reporters it was awaiting final permission from the Monaco government to go ahead with just such a move.
However an ICC spokesperson told reporters that while they were expanding their operations in the tax-free haven by increasing the staff for their financial arm, ICC Development International, and event management, who organise the World Cup and the ICC knockout tournament they had no intention from switching from their current headquarters Lord's. Earlier a source close to the negotiations had told reporters that the ICC was awaiting clearance 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, 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. The move according to the source was 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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