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The International Cricket Council is leaving London for the first time since it was created in 1909.

The entire Council will move to Dubai in August, with the staff dealing with on-field issues leaving Lord's, while the financial department will move from their existing base in Monaco.

The executive body of the ICC voted on potential locations last year, having decided to leave Lord's for financial reasons.

The MCC tried to persuade the Council to stay but they decide to emulate rugby union and athletics by moving their global headquarters out of the United Kingdom.

ICC president Ehsan Mani said: "Clearly, cricket's deep association with England and particularly Lord's as the historic home of the sport was a factor that weighed heavily in the board's discussions on this matter. Nevertheless, like many international governing bodies before us, it is clear that operating in the United Kingdom under the current system is not in the best interests of our members.

"I would like to thank the MCC for its role in running and then hosting the ICC over the past 96 years. This support will be recognised in a more appropriate way at a suitable time and we will continue to work closely with an organisation that remains the guardian of the laws of the game."

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