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Surrey hope to bring ICC to London

George Dobell

January 30, 2014

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The Oval has emerged as another potential administrative base of the ICC as the organisation considers a partial relocation.

ESPNcricinfo understands that Surrey have joined forces with the Mayor of London's office in an attempt to persuade the ICC of the attraction of a London base.

The bid includes providing office space within the Oval ground with views of the pitch. The club are understood to have offered to build offices in the area around the Lock and Laker stands and have planning permission. The initial scheme to build a hotel has been deemed financially unviable.

The Mayor of London's office, appreciating the prestige of the city hosting a governing body, has promised its support as required.

While the ICC has no immediate plans to move their official base from Dubai, the organisation is exploring the possibility of relocating its administrative base in order to have wider access to potential employees and commercial partners.

The ICC would also be given access to The Oval pitch to experiment with new technologies during Surrey games, subject to ECB approval, such as spider cam and for third umpire training.

London, as an established hub for some of the ICC's media and commercial partners, has obvious attractions. Manchester United and Manchester City are among the sporting organisations to have bases in London.

It also has an obvious drawback of being an expensive location. But if Surrey and the Mayor of London's office are to offer an attractive package, that is a hurdle that could be cleared.

"There is a reason that Manchester United have a base in London," Surrey chief executive Richard Gould told ESPNcricinfo. "This is a global financial centre and it is only right that the ICC base themselves where their commercial and media partners are located.

"We would be very keen to welcome them to The Oval and think it could be a partnership that works very well.

"We have discussed this at a high level with officials from the Mayor of London's office and they are very supportive. We have not sought financial assistance. London is a confident city and will sell itself as the best destination, not necessarily the cheapest."

Several other media and cricket companies have already made the Oval their base with the Professional Cricketers Association, Chance to Shine and a radio station all located in SE11. Gould said the ICC would be part of that "cricket, media and culture community."

Cardiff, who are understood to have the support of the Welsh Assembly, Colombo and Singapore are other options for the ICC. While the ICC has, in the past, been keen to present an image of itself as impartial and reluctant to have a base in the country of one of its full members, recent events suggest that such issues are no longer a priority.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Little_Aussie_Battler on (January 31, 2014, 13:24 GMT)

The way things are heading the ICC may well be completely abandoned.

Posted by delboy on (January 31, 2014, 9:59 GMT)

A great revenue source for the major as Kennington and Brixton become his new Notting Hill. He will increase his congestion charge zone as far as Gatwick and Heathrow. @200ondebut one good reason to avoid Lords is that disabled people are not yet in their plans. Try getting someone in a wheelchair in the long room.

Posted by OttawaRocks on (January 31, 2014, 9:42 GMT)

A good way to popularize the game would be for the ICC to move to North America, say to NYC in the US and/or to Montreal in Canada. That would definitely catch some new eyes.

Posted by   on (January 31, 2014, 5:15 GMT)

Take it to Mumbai or Chennai. These are the places from where modern cricket will be controlled (manipulated), so why not take the head office there.

Posted by khanofcricket on (January 31, 2014, 3:50 GMT)

The timing of this announcement clearly shows it is part of the proposal from B3. Sooner or later it is gonna come out. RIP Cricket!!

Posted by British_North_America on (January 31, 2014, 3:22 GMT)

So, our Lords English people are trying to dominate us again.Who will be the Robert Clive and Mountbatten this time? UAE is in the midpoint for all the countries.Taking it ti England will mean long distance for BD, Ind , Pak and of course for Aus, NZ.

Posted by ygkd on (January 31, 2014, 1:56 GMT)

I reckon, on recent happenings, the ICC should be sent to Coventry. Actually, Dublin would do - or the back-streets of Colombo - anywhere, really, where they might look out and find a sense of perspective, rather than the ivory towers of concentrated power or the manicured grass of historic Surrey. As for a return to Lords, what is that - the back to the 19th Century option? No, the supreme cricketing organisation will probably end its days in a retirement hotel in Mumbai waiting forlornly for the BCCI to take them out for the day.

Posted by Robster1 on (January 30, 2014, 23:48 GMT)

Why on earth not return to Lord's - the excellent facilities are already in place, Lord's has way more prestige than the Oval can ever hope for plus as a body the MCC fund and influence a huge amount of cricket.

Posted by spellbinder76 on (January 30, 2014, 21:21 GMT)

Please let someone else go to attend the next ICC meeting, someone who knows how to make a presentation. Pakistan should ask a simple question of ICC members especfially India. What has the world cricket done to help Pakistan with their unique as well as unfortunate situation. They were deprived of their share of the WC-2011 matches, no test country is willing to come to Pakistan, and not many invite Pakistan to play tests except South Africa and Sri-Lanka. Australia has recently cut short the test series. India has not fullfilled their promise of playing two test series at home and abroad. In the past Pakistan has always supported India in their cause, but India is not reciprocating. So Pakistan needs some hard gurantees or they will negotiate bilateral series on their terms. Pakistan cricket board has been losing money for a few years and cannot continue to sustai

Posted by Cric_fever_notgoingdown on (January 30, 2014, 21:03 GMT)

i remember the time when icc was in london it had massive respect . it was recognized as a solid cricket body. decision made had pure justification good cricket logic . it used to work to serve the game.. then came the time when icc moved to asia and all of sudden it got weak and weaker with time and got hijacked. people challenge its decision. disrespect and insult them and calls them toothless body... how i wish time goes back and icc becomes a strong institute for providing justice and serving the game in right way. how i wish time fly back to london.

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