ESPNcricinfo Overview

ESPNcricinfo Overview

ESPNcricinfo is the world’s leading online destination for cricket and among the top five most-visited single-sport online destinations in the world. Founded in 1993 and acquired by ESPN in 2007, ESPNcricinfo is available to cricket fans through online media and on a host of mobile platforms and handheld devices.

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Despite its leading position, ESPNcricinfo continues to grow, averaging more than nine million unique users monthly in the past 12 months (up 22 percent year-on-year). Across the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Africa the site averaged more than two million monthly unique users during the same period.

ESPNcricinfo’s content includes news, live ball-by-ball coverage of all Test and one-day international matches, and features written by some of the world’s top cricketers and cricket writers. The site also includes an unmatched database of in-depth statistics on each of the 3000 international and 50,000 first-class cricketers to have played the game, as well as  a dedicated line-up of original video, audio and games.

On mobile, ESPNcricinfo is the leading mobile Web destination for cricket, and one of the leading mobile Web sports sites globally.  It also operates mobile applications (including apps for iPhone and Android devices), which feature all the key content that fans expect from ESPNcricinfo, fully customisable and offering extensive video and live text updates.

Among the extensive and pioneering audio and video offerings are Hawkeye simulations of real-time action, in-match pictures, weekly podcasts (including Switch Hit), plus exclusive player interviews and video blogs from leading cricket aficionados, ex-players and more.

The 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup showed ESPNcricinfo at its very best, delivering multi-platform coverage that celebrated the past and present of cricket’s premier one-day tournament. A specially dedicated section of the site provided ball-by-ball updates, scores and text commentary while an extensive audiovisual offering cemented the site’s expert analysis and insight.

ESPNcricinfo writers & contributors

Martin Williamson: Group Managing Editor

Martin Williamson is managing editor of ESPNcricinfo and group managing editor of ESPN Digital Media in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Before joining ESPNcricinfo in 2001, Williamson was in charge of Sky Sports Online and helped launch Sky News Online.

 

Sambit Bal: Editor

Sambit Bal is the Editor of ESPNcricinfo.  He took to cricket journalism when it dawned on him that it provided the perfect excuse to watch cricket in the office. Among other things, he has bowled leg spin that turned when the ball occasionally landed in front of the batsman and edited Gentleman, a monthly features magazine in India. He joined Wisden in 2001 and was the founding editor of Wisden Asia Cricket. He still spends his spare time watching cricket.

Andrew Miller: UK Editor

Andrew Miller was saved from a life of drudgery in the City when his car caught fire on the way to an interview. He took this as a sign and instead fled to Pakistan where he witnessed England’s historic victory in the twilight at Karachi. He then joined Wisden Online when it was set up in 2001. In addition to Pakistan, he has covered England tours in Sri Lanka, South Africa and Bangladesh, where one local website dubbed him “the Father of Bangladesh cricket”.

 

Osman Samiuddin: Pakistan Editor

Pakistan editor Samiuddin spent the first stage of his life pretending he discovered reverse swing with a tennis ball half-covered with electrical tape. The second stage of his life was spent trying, and failing, to find spiritual fulfilment in the world of Pakistani advertising and marketing. The third stage of his life will be devoted to convincing people that he did discover reverse swing and writing about cricket.

 

Geoff Boycott: contributor

Geoff Boycott is a former England cricketer, who played as an opening batsman. He represented England, Northern Transvaal and Yorkshire. Boycott played in 108 Test matches scoring 8,114 runs. Boycott captained Yorkshire for eight seasons in the 1970s. After his cricketing career ended Boycott became a radio and television commentator.

Harsha Bhogle: contributor

Harsha is an Indian cricket commentator and journalist. Bhogle began his career as a commentator at the age of 19 with All India Radio.  He has since worked for ABC Radio Grandstand during India’s Australian tours, and for eight years worked for the BBC, including as part of their commentary team for the 1996 and 1999 Cricket World Cups. In 1995, he began presenting for ESPN STAR Sports.  Harsha has been covering the IPL seasons since 2009 and is also a cricket analyst for CNN-IBN.

 

Ian Chappell: contributor

Ian Chappell is a former Australian cricketer who played as a top order batsman and captained Australia between 1971 and 1975. During his professional career Chappell played in 75 Test matches, scoring 5,345 runs. Since retiring from professional cricket Chappell has stayed close to the game as a cricket commentator for ESPN Star Sports and columnist for ESPNcricinfo.

Sanjay Manjrekar: contributor

Sanjay Manjrekar was a right handed batsman for India, playing in 37 Test matches and scoring 2043 runs. Manjerkar comes from cricketing pedigree: his father, Vijay Manjrekar, was an Indian fast bowler and his great uncle, Dattaram Hindlekar, was one of the world’s greatest wicket-keepers.

Andy Zaltzman: contributor

Andy Zaltzman has been a sporadically-acclaimed stand-up comedian since 1999, and has appeared regularly on BBC Radio 4. He is currently one half of TheTimes.co.uk’s hit satirical podcast The Bugle, alongside John Oliver (The Daily Show with John Stewart).

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