- ESPNcricinfo.com – online and mobile – provides comprehensive ball-by-ball coverage
- Extensive multimedia coverage captures passion of the series between two of the top Test countries in cricket
LONDON: As England and India, the number one-ranked Test side in the world, prepare for their Summer Test series, ESPNcricinfo, the world’s leading cricket website, is delivering multi-platform coverage that celebrates one of cricket’s premier series.
On mobile, ESPNcricinfo will offer fans its extensive coverage via the Mobile Web and through mobile apps on Apple and Android devices. The apps and mobile site feature all the key content that sports fans expect from ESPNcricinfo including comprehensive game coverage, up-to-the-minute match pictures, commentary and match stats. Fully customisable, the apps can be tailored to users’ personal passions and interests, allowing cricket lovers to access scores, news, fixtures and results in an easy-to-use package.
Online, ESPNcricinfo.com will be providing extensive coverage with a specially dedicated section of the site providing live ball-by-ball updates, industry-leading Hawkeye simulations of real-time action, in-match pictures, scores and text commentary as well as bulletins from every match and player profiles. A dedicated audio and video offering will feature exclusive player interviews and comment, bringing further insight from the teams and management, plus, a dedicated line-up of games.
Additional editorial coverage includes Geoffrey Boycott’s exclusive weekly column and video analysis of every Test match throughout the summer. ESPNcricinfo will also feature special editions of the Switch Hit podcast with the latest news and opinion coming from host, Jonathan Harris-Bass, and writers from the ESPNcricinfo.com team.
Comedian and cricket aficionado Andy Zaltzman will be producing new weekly video and audio blogs to accompany his regular ‘Confectionary Stall’ column, taking an irreverent look at the series as it unfolds. Adding to ESPNcricinfo’s video output will be ‘Two Chucks’, a new feature which will take a sideways and humorous glance behind the scenes of each day of the Test series, including interviews with players, management and spectators for their view on proceedings.
ESPNcricinfo will also be launching a special version of its Fantasy Game around the Test and ODI series. Fans are able to pick 11 players across both teams (up to a maximum of six from either India or England) with the users scoring points based on the players’ actual performance during each game day. The website will also offer enhanced versions of its Team Selector game, challenging cricket fans to predict the correct team lineups ahead of every Test, and Player Rater, where fans rate individual players through the follow-the-game-live feature, with the results accumulating throughout the series.
Alongside ESPNcricinfo’s unrivalled player and historical statistics archive, the site will host a special feature section that commemorates the First Test between England and India (July 21 and 25) at Lord’s – the 2000th Test Match in the history of the game. The site will host a section looking back on the glory and history of Test cricket and the excitement and rivalry of past England versus India clashes.
Tom Gleeson, vice president, digital media, ESPN International, said: “ESPNcricinfo is preparing for one of its most comprehensive Test series packages to date. Our new line-up of analysts, writers and services is another step in ESPN’s bid to serve cricket fans on multiple devices with the very best sporting content.”