Welsh county side Glamorgan submits bid to provide new ICC base

Sydney, Jan 21: County side Glamorgan has reportedly submitted a bid to provide a base for the headquarters of the International Cricket Council (ICC) from 2015.

The ICC was based at London’s Lord’s ground before leaving for Dubai, primarily for tax purposes, in 2005 to end a 96-year association with the ‘home of cricket’.

According to News.com.au, however, it is speculated that the upcoming ICC executive board meeting will consider a radical revamp of ICC, including moving its headquarters from Dubai, with Glamorgan submitting a joint bid with the Welsh Government and Cardiff City Council to become the new administrative home of the organisation.

A statement from Glamorgan, the only Welsh team to play in England’s County Championship, said that initial talks about the ICC moving to south Wales had started, adding that Cardiff is only one of a number of possibilities being considered.

Glamorgan’s Sophia Gardens ground in Cardiff, the Welsh capital, staged the opening Test of the 2009 Ashes series and was one of three venues for last year’s ICC Champions Trophy, the report added. (ANI)