The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) have both made enquiries to the International Cricket Council (ICC) to have cricket’s governing body located in their respective countries, Sport360° understands.
The ICC moved from its original location of Lords Cricket Ground – the governing body’s home since its formation in 1903 – to Dubai in August 2005.
The move was prompted by the British government’s refusal to give the ICC special exemption from paying UK tax on its commercial income.
And while the ICC has only been in its new surroundings for the past seven-and-a-half years, the BCB and SLC are keen to see them relocate to a country that takes cricket “seriously.”
According to sources within the ICC, Sport360° has learned the offers were made by BCB chief Nazmul Hassan and SLC president Upali Dharmadasa during a recent ICC Board meeting.
We also understand that the BCB’s bid has the backing of former BCB boss Mustafa Kamal, who in October last year was named the ICC vice-president and future successor to President Alan Isaac.
While these offers, which would see ICC HQ move to either Dhaka or Colombo, were dismissed by many of the ICC’s Board members, the position of Kamal as vice-president and future chief of the council will only cast doubt on the ICC’s future home.
Sport360° has also been informed that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) both have reservations regarding the ICC being located in Dubai for the long-term.
“They (the BCB and SLC) don’t want the ICC HQ in the UAE, where the game is not being played seriously,” the source explained. “They want it shifted to a more appropriate country.”
This isn’t the first time the ICC have faced criticism for moving to the UAE. Sport360° understands that ECB chairman Giles Clarke had argued against the initial move in 2005, describing it as “misguided.”