ICC headquarters to move to S'pore?

Singapore is the front-runner to be the next headquarters of the International Cricket Council (ICC).

This was revealed yesterday by Mustafa Kamal, 66, who will take over as president of the sport's governing body next July.

The ICC vice-president, who was in Singapore to attend the final of the Emerging Teams Cup organised by the Asian Cricket Council (ACC), said: "Locationwise, Singapore is a good place.

The Government is also keen to support cricket here.

"The ICC board is seriously thinking about relocating to Singapore and a decision will be made soon."

It is understood that the ICC engaged London-based professional services company Ernst & Young to do a feasibility study after some influential members had expressed unhappiness with the organisation continuing operations from Dubai.

The ICC has 107 national bodies attached to it.

The weather, an unreliable administrative structure and lack of cricketing culture were the main reasons cited by those demanding for a move from the Emirate, which has been the ICC headquarters since 2005.

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