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''ESPN''cricinfo (formerly known as Cricinfo or CricInfo) is a
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website exclusively for the game of cricket. The site features news, articles, live coverage of cricket matches (including liveblogs and scorecards), and ''StatsGuru'', a database of historical matches and players from the 18th century to the present. ,
Sambit Bal Sambit Bal is an Indian journalist who was born and brought up in Bhubaneswar. He spent 15 years in mainstream journalism working in some of India's leading publishing houses before joining Wisden ''Wisden Cricketers' Almanack'', or simply ...
was the editor. The site, originally conceived in a pre-World Wide Web form in 1993 by Simon King, was acquired in 2002 by the
Wisden Group The Wisden Group was a group of companies formed by John Wisden John Wisden (5 September 1826 – 5 April 1884) was an English cricketer who played 187 first-class cricket matches for three English county cricket teams, Kent County Cricket Club, ...
publishers of several notable cricket magazines and the
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack ''Wisden Cricketers' Almanack'', or simply ''Wisden'', colloquially the Bible of Cricket, is a cricket reference book published annually in the United Kingdom. The description "bible of cricket" was first used in the 1930s by Alec Waugh in a ...
. As part of an eventual breakup of the Wisden Group, it was sold to
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, jointly owned by
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and
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Hearst Corporation
, in 2007.


History

CricInfo was launched on 15 March 1993 by Simon King, a British researcher at the University of Minnesota and Badri Seshadri with help from students and researchers at universities around the world. The site was reliant on contributions from fans around the world who spent hours compiling electronic scorecards and contributing them to CricInfo's comprehensive archive, as well as keying in
live scores Live scores is a type of service offered by many sports-related websites and broadcasters as well as online sports betting Sports betting is the activity of predicting sports results and placing a wager on the outcome. The frequency of sports ...
from games around the world using CricInfo's scoring software, "dougie". In 2000, Cricinfo's estimated worth was $150 million; however it faced difficulties the following year as a result of the
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. Cricinfo's significant growth in the 1990s made it an attractive site for investors during the peak of the
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, and in 2000 it received $37 million worth of
Satyam Infoway Ltd.
Satyam Infoway Ltd.
shares in exchange for a 25% stake in the company (a valuation of around £100 million). It used around $22m worth of the paper to pay off initial investors but only raised about £6 million by selling the remaining stock. While the site continued to attract more and more users and operated on a very low cost base, its income was not enough to support a peak staff of 130 in nine countries, forcing redundancies. By late 2002 the company was making a monthly operating profit and was one of very few independent sports sites to avoid collapse (such as
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and
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). However, the business was still servicing a large loan. Cricinfo was eventually acquired by
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's
Wisden Group The Wisden Group was a group of companies formed by John Wisden John Wisden (5 September 1826 – 5 April 1884) was an English cricketer who played 187 first-class cricket matches for three English county cricket teams, Kent County Cricket Club, ...
, the publisher of ''
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack ''Wisden Cricketers' Almanack'', or simply ''Wisden'', colloquially the Bible of Cricket, is a cricket reference book published annually in the United Kingdom. The description "bible of cricket" was first used in the 1930s by Alec Waugh in a ...
'' and ''
The Wisden Cricketer ''The Wisden Cricketer'' was the world's best-selling monthly cricket magazine. It was created in 2003 by a merger between ''The Cricketer'' magazine and ''Wisden Cricket Monthly''. It is now no longer connected to Wisden and is called ''The Cric ...
'', and renamed Wisden Cricinfo. The Wisden brand (and its own wisden.com site) were eventually phased out in favour of Cricinfo for Wisden's online operations. In December 2005, Wisden re-launched its recently discontinued ''
Wisden Asia Cricket ''Wisden Asia Cricket'' was a monthly English language cricket magazine produced by the British-based cricket publishing company Wisden Group, Wisden. History and profile ''Wisden Asia Cricket'' was founded in 2001. The first issue was publish ...
''
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magazine
as ''Cricinfo Magazine'', a magazine dedicated to coverage of Indian cricket. The magazine published its last issue in July 2007. In 2006, revenue was reported to be £3m. In 2007, the Wisden Group began to be broken up and sold to other companies;
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acquired ''The Wisden Cricketer'', while
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acquired the
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ball tracking system. In June 2007, ESPN Inc. announced that it had acquired Cricinfo from the Wisden Group. The acquisition was intended to help further expand Cricinfo by combining the site with ESPN's other web properties, including
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and
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. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. As of 2018, Sambit Bal is the Editor-in-Chief of ESPNcricinfo. In 2013, ESPNcricinfo.com celebrated its twentieth anniversary with a series of online features. The annual ESPNcricinfo Awards have also become an extremely popular event in the cricket calendar.


Popularity

ESPNcricinfo's popularity was further demonstrated on 24 February 2010, when the site could not handle the heavy traffic experienced after Indian cricketer
Sachin Tendulkar Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar (; ; born 24 April 1973) is a former international cricket Cricket is a bat-and-ball gameBat-and-ball may refer to: *Bat-and-ball games Bat-and-ball games (or safe haven games) are field games played by two o ...

Sachin Tendulkar
broke the record for the highest individual score in a men's
One Day International A One Day International (ODI) is a form of limited overs cricket Limited overs cricket, also known as one-day cricket, is a version of the sport of cricket Cricket is a bat-and-ball gameBat-and-ball may refer to: *Bat-and-ball ga ...
match with 200*.


Features

ESPNcricinfo contains various
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news
,
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,
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, videos and
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s games. Among its most popular feature are its
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s of cricket matches, which includes a bevy of scorecard options, allowing readers to track such aspects of the game as wagon wheels and partnership breakdowns. For each match, the live scores are accompanied by a bulletin, which details the turning points of the match and some of the off-field events. The site also used to offer ''Cricinfo 3D'', a feature which utilizes a match's scoring data to generate a
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simulation of a live match. Regular columns on ESPNcricinfo include "All Today's Yesterdays", an "On this day" column focusing on historical cricket events, and "Quote Unquote", which features notable quotes from cricketers and cricket administrators. "Ask Steven" is a weekly column, published on Tuesdays, in which Steven Lynch answers users' questions on all things cricket. Among its most extensive features is ''StatsGuru'', a
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database
originally created by Travis Basevi, containing statistics on players, officials, teams, information about cricket boards, details of future tournaments, individual teams, and records. In May 2014, ESPNcricinfo launched CricIQ, an online test to challenge every fan's cricket knowledge. In September 2021, ESPNCricinfo launched AskCricinfo, a
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search tool to help in exploring cricket stats.


''The Cricket Monthly''

''The Cricket Monthly'' claims to be the world's first digital-only cricket magazine. The first issue was dated August 2014.


See also

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Cricbuzz Cricbuzz is an Indian cricket news website owned by Times Internet. It features, news, articles and live coverage of cricket matches including videos, text commentary, player stats and team rankings. Their website also offers a mobile apps, mo ...
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CricketArchive CricketArchive is a sports website that provides a comprehensive archive of records and data for the game of cricket. It was founded in 2003 by Philip Bailey and Peter Griffiths. The website contains data corresponding to 1.2 million players, 75 ...


References


External links

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History of the first decade of Cricinfo
by Badri Seshadri, 26 September 2013
CricInfo – How it all began
by Rohan Chandran, 2013, with an insiders view of the who, how and what and comments by other pioneers. (Blog at WordPress.com) {{ESPN Cricket websites ESPN media outlets Gopher (protocol) Sports mass media in India Internet properties established in 1993 2007 mergers and acquisitions