ICC bids adieu to the Mecca of cricket after 96 years

Published: Thursday, July 28, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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London:The International Cricket Council (ICC) will cut its 96-year-old ties with Lord's tomorrow to start operations in Dubai from August 1.

"The move to Dubai will draw all of the key staff of the organisation together under one roof and make the ICC more efficient and effective," ICC president Ehsan Mani said in apress release while thanking the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), which owns Lord's, for its support since 1909.

"As the ICC prepares to enter the next exciting phase of its development it does so physically far removed from the shores of England, but forever spiritually at home at Lord's," he said.

The ICC, however, will return to Lord's for its annual conference in June and July 2006.

The move became inevitabe after ICC was refused tax benefits in London. Some of its operations have already been shifted to Monaco.

The ICC was founded in June 1909 by Australia, England and South Africa and was initially known as the Imperial Cricket Conference.

It changed its name in 1965 to the International Cricket Conference, then again to the International Cricket Council in 1989 as it developed from a discussion forum to one responsible for running the game.

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