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Cricinfo is the largest cricket-related website and one of the largest websites in the world with more than 20 million users. It includes news and articles, live scorecards, and a comprehensive and queriable database of historical matches and players from the 18th century to the present. On June 11, 2007, ESPN announced that it had bought Cricinfo from Wisden group.[1] Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Bowler Shaun Pollock bowls to batsman Michael Hussey. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... (17th century - 18th century - 19th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 18th century refers to the century that lasted from 1701 through 1800. ... is the 162nd day of the year (163rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... ESPN, formerly an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ... Wisden is the main publisher of information on cricket in the United Kingdom. ...

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History

Conception

Cricinfo (originally CricInfo) was launched in 1993 by Dr. Simon King, a British researcher at the University of Minnesota and grew thanks to the help of students and researchers at universities around the world. It initially operated as a volunteer-based collective, and started life as a simple IRC bot. It was soon made available via Gopher as well, and with the advent of the Mosaic web browser in April 1993 became one of the earliest content web sites on the Internet. Washington Avenue Bridge at night The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, almost always abbreviated U of M, and sometimes referred to as The U by locals, is the oldest and largest part of the University of Minnesota system. ... Internet Relay Chat (IRC) is a form of real-time Internet chat or synchronous conferencing. ... Internet bots, also known as web robots, WWW robots or simply bots, are software applications that run automated tasks over the internet. ... Gopher is a distributed document search and retrieval network protocol designed for the Internet. ... Mosaic is a web browser (client) for the World Wide Web written at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). ... An example of a web browser (Internet Explorer), displaying the English Wikipedia main page. ... A website, Web site or WWW site (often shortened to just site) is a collection of webpages, that is, HTML/XHTML documents accessible via HTTP on the Internet; all publicly accessible websites in existence comprise the World Wide Web. ...


While a company, CricInfo Ltd, was formed in 1996, CricInfo remained essentially a volunteer run operation until late 1999 and was not fully staffed until late 2000. The site was entirely reliant on contributions from avid fans around the world who spent many hours compiling electronic scorecards and contributing them to CricInfo's comprehensive archive, as well as keying in live scores from games around the world using CricInfo's scoring software, "dougie". CricInfo scored a number of significant firsts including the first streamed cricket matches ("VAT" audio over SUNSPARC systems in 1993 [citation needed], video over the web in 1997 with a little help from Mick Jagger) and pioneered distributed internet based working (many of the volunteers never met or spoke to one another despite ten years of online cooperation), open online peer review and the use of chat networks at work. Sir Michael Phillip Mick Jagger CBE (born July 26, 1943) is an English rock musician, actor, songwriter, record and film producer and businessman. ...


Growth and Success

Cricinfo's extraordinary growth in the 1990s made it an attractive site for investors during the peak of the dotcom boom, and in 2000 it received $37 million worth of Satyam Infoway shares in exchange for a 25 per cent 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 Sports.com and Sportal). However, the business was still servicing a large loan. A merger with the better capitalised The John Wisden Group (then owned by Sir Paul Getty) was the logical next step and the company was renamed Wisden Cricinfo. Soon after, the existing wisden.com website was closed and gradually the Wisden brand was also removed from the site. In ten years Cricinfo had effectively established primacy (at least in the electronic sphere) over Wisden, one of the oldest brands in sports publishing. Sportsbook. ... Sportal was one of the leading companies in the dotcom boom at the end of the 1990s. ... Wisden is the main publisher of information on cricket in the United Kingdom. ... Sir John Paul Getty KBE (September 7, 1932 – April 17, 2003) was a wealthy American-born British philanthropist and book-collector. ...


In June 2007, ESPN Networks announced that they had acquired Cricinfo from Wisden Group, though the brand name and identity will still remain in use.[2] This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...


Current

The Cricinfo front page (on the day Shane Warne reached 700 Test wickets)
The Cricinfo front page (on the day Shane Warne reached 700 Test wickets)

Cricinfo has continued to grow, aided by a sound financial base, and now has offices in London, Bangalore and Australia, as well as editorial presences in all major Test-playing countries. In 2006 they consolidated their India offices into one single premises, shifting from Mumbai and Chennai to Bangalore. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (938x608, 221 KB) A screen shot of the Cricinfo homepage on 26 December 2006 after Shane Warne reached 700 career test wickets. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (938x608, 221 KB) A screen shot of the Cricinfo homepage on 26 December 2006 after Shane Warne reached 700 career test wickets. ... Shane Keith Warne (born 13 September 1969 in Upper Ferntree Gully, Victoria), is an Australian cricketer and the current captain of Hampshire. ... , “Bombay” redirects here. ... , “Madras” redirects here. ... , Bangalore (Bengalūru) (Kannada: ; pronunciation: in Kannada and in English) is the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka. ...


Columns and blogs

Cricinfo contains various news columns and blogs written by the editors of the website. For other uses, see News (disambiguation). ... Deconstructing a Roman pillar. ... It has been suggested that Online diary be merged into this article or section. ...


Columns

  • Ask Steven
  • The Numbers Game
  • Rewind to ...
  • The Week that was
  • The List
  • Cricinfo XI
  • The Lowdown

Blogs

  • World Cup Monitor
  • The Surfer
  • Pak Spin
  • Beyond the Test World
  • Tour diaries
  • What's new
  • Blogs homepage

See also

Cricinfo Magazine is a monthly cricket magazine which was launched in January 2006. ... The Wisden Cricketer is a monthly cricket magazine published by the specialist cricket published Wisden in England. ... CricketArchive (www. ... Howstat (www. ...

References

  1. ^ ESPN acquires Cricinfo. Cricinfo (2007-06-11). Retrieved on 2007-06-11.
  2. ^ An unshakeable bond. Cricinfo (2007-06-11). Retrieved on 2007-06-11.

Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... is the 162nd day of the year (163rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... is the 162nd day of the year (163rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... is the 162nd day of the year (163rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... is the 162nd day of the year (163rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

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Cricinfo is the largest cricket-related website and one of the largest websites in the world with more than 20 million users.
Cricinfo (originally CricInfo) was launched in 1993 by Simon King, a British researcher at the University of Minnesota, and others and grew thanks to the help of students and researchers at universities around the world.
Cricinfo's continued growth made it one of the most attractive sites for investors at the end of the 1990s and in 2000 it received $37 million of Satyam Infoway shares in return for a 25 per cent stake in the company - in 1999 it was valued at around $100 million.
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