Lord’s is back as venue of ICC annual conferenceJuly 10th, 2008 - 9:35 pm ICT by IANS
Dubai, July 10 (IANS) Lord’s will be back as the venue for the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) annual conference in 2009, ICC president David Morgan confirmed Thursday. ICC for the first time this year had moved its annual gathering away from its former London headquarters to Dubai as the British government refused to issue visa to the Zimbabwe cricket chief Peter Chingoka.
“We had an excellent week in Dubai this year but I’m delighted to announce that the ICC Board has confirmed unanimously that we will return to Lord’s for annual conference week in 2009,” Morgan said in a statement.
“It is perfect timing as it will allow Lord’s, the ICC’s home for the first 96 years of its existence, to play a central role in our organisation’s centenary celebrations, as 2009 is the 100th anniversary of the founding of the ICC.
The ICC centenary celebration, Morgan says, will also include staging of matches in the ICC World Twenty 2009, including the finals of both the men’s and women’s events on 21 June.
The centenary celebrations are intended to touch all 104 ICC Members at some point during the year and Morgan said they would reflect all that is good about the game.
“The ICC’s centenary will be a time to look back at the legends who have shaped the game over the previous 100 years,” he said.
“It will also provide an opportunity to look forward and celebrate the thousands of volunteers who sustain the game’s grassroots and, at the same time, the ICC will use the year to highlight the special spirit of cricket on and off the field of play.”
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