Cricket body threatens to leave UK over tax

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The International Cricket Council could leave Lord’s by the start of the new tax year in April because the government has failed to follow up a promise to give it tax breaks.

The world cricket governing body will decide whether to leave the home of the sport for an alternative HQ at a board meeting later this week, with Dubai thought to be the favoured new home.

The move to Dubai would see the ICC switch its finance and commercial departments from Monte Carlo to the Middle East, as well as oversee the development of the sport at Dubai’s global cricket academy.

The ICC already considered leaving the UK when it met earlier in June of this year. It proposed six options for relocation at its annual meeting, but delayed making a decision after UK Sport said the government was prepared to give it tax breaks on its annual income.

However, nothing was mentioned in the chancellor’s pre-Budget report on 2 December, and UK Sport has since written to the ICC to apologise.

It is understood that some members of the Cabinet objected to giving exemptions to cricket.

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