Cricinfo is the largest cricket-related website and one of the largest websites in the world with more than 20 million users. Cricket is a bat-and-ball team Sport that originated in England and is now played in more than 100 countries 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. A Computer Database is a structured collection of records or data that is stored in a computer system The 18th century lasted from 1701 to 1800 in the Gregorian calendar, in accordance with the Anno Domini / Common Era numbering system On June 11, 2007, ESPN announced that it had bought Cricinfo from Wisden group. Events 1184 BC - Trojan War: Troy is sacked and burned according to the calculations of Eratosthenes. Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ESPN, originally an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American Cable television network dedicated to The Wisden Group was a group of companies formed by John Wisden & Co Ltd publishers of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack. 
Cricinfosys (originally CricInfo) was launched in 1993 by Dr. Simon King, a British researcher at the University of Minnesota and Dr Badri Seshadri  It grew thanks to the help of students and researchers at universities around the world. The University of Minnesota Twin Cities ( U of M or The U) is the oldest and largest part of the University of Minnesota system. It initially operated as a volunteer-based collective, and started life as a simple IRC bot. Internet bots, also known as web robots, WWW robots or simply bots, are software applications that run automated tasks over the Internet 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. For other uses see Gopher. Gopher is a distributed Document search and retrieval Network protocol designed Mosaic is the browser which popularized the World Wide Web. It was also a browser for earlier concepts such as Ftp, Usenet, and Gopher A web browser is a software application which enables a user to display and interact with text images videos music games and other information typically located on a A website (alternatively web site or Web site, a back-construction from the Proper noun World Wide Web) is a collection of Web pages The Internet is a global system of interconnected Computer networks
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, 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 Philip "Mick" Jagger, Kt (born 26 July 1943 is a Golden Globe -winning and two-time Grammy -winning English rock
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 Computer Services Ltd. shares in exchange for a 25 per cent stake in the company (a valuation of around £100 million). Satyam Computer Services Ltd is a Consulting and Information technology services company based in Hyderabad, India. It used around $22m worth of the paper to pay off initial investors, spent extravagantly 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). Sportsbookcom is a privately held online gaming firm featuring Sports betting, Online poker, casino games and horse race betting that caters Sportal was one of the leading companies in the dotcom boom at the end of the 1990s 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. The Wisden Group was a group of companies formed by John Wisden & Co Ltd publishers of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack. Sir John Paul Getty, KBE ( September 7, 1932 &ndash April 17, 2003) was a wealthy American-born British 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.
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. Events in June Madaraka Day June 1 to commemorate when Kenya gained internal self-rule Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. 
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. Shane Keith Warne (born 13 September 1969 is a former Australian international Cricketer who is widely regarded as one of the In 2006 they consolidated their India offices into one single premises, shifting from Mumbai and Chennai to Bangalore. Mumbai ( Marathi:,, IPA: formerly Bombay, is the capital of the Indian state of Maharashtra and the financial Bangalore ( officially Bengaluru ( Kannada: ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು) is the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka.
Cricinfo contains various news, columns, and blogs. News is any new information or information on Current events which is presented by print, broadcast, Internet, or Word of mouth A column in Structural engineering is a vertical structural element that transmits through compression, the weight of the structure above to other structural A blog (a contraction of the term " Web log " is a Web site, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary descriptions of
Arguably the website's most endearing attraction, Cricinfo offers ball-by-ball coverage of all major cricket matches. This is accompanied by a bevy of scorecard options, allowing readers to track such aspects of the game as wagon wheels and partnership breakdowns. For each major cricket 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 website is also experimenting with Cricinfo 3D, which creates animations to simulate live matches.
Cricinfo editors regularly provide news updates, detailing the fitness of players, locker room gossip, etc. News articles are usually accompanied by editorials by the website staff.
Columns are written by Cricinfo editors and are published on a weekly basis. The columns include:
In the Cricinfo blogs section, cricket writers unaffiliated with the website discuss issues within a certain scope. Notable blogs include:
Cricinfo maintains two daily features. These are:
The Statsguru system, created by editor Travis Basevi, allows readers to quickly and easily access all manner of cricketing statistics. This has allowed Cricinfo to maintain their extremely extensive Records section, a popular attraction among readers. In addition to the Records section, Cricinfo offers web pages for individual players, officials, and grounds that track their achievements and provide short summaries of their careers. Web pages are also created for every tour and country.
Cricinfo maintains a couple of cricket games, notably Slogout, Fantasy Leagues, and Cricinfo Quiz. However, the quiz game has been on hiatus for the past several months n is back now `
Starting in 2008, the Cricinfo website installed two new options for readers to receive cricketing news. One can subscribe to the newsletter via an email address or download the Cricinfo toolbar, which allows the user to view the Cricinfo homepage, search cricinfo, go to a countries cricifo page, see live scores, view current and future fixtures, view current and breaking news, veiw stats, go to cricinfo games, go to audio pages view blogs and finally toolbar options. Electronic mail, often abbreviated to e-mail, email, or originally eMail, is a Store-and-forward method of writing sending receiving Cricinfo also has a desktop alert system and a wide variety of RSS feeds. RSS is a family of Web feed formats used to publish frequently updated works – such as Blog entries news headlines audio and video – in a standardized
In 2006, the Cricinfo magazine was established, a print version of the website that also offers additional features. However, the magazine has yet to gain widespread acclaim and is overshadowed by its ICC-sanctioned competitor, The Cricketer. The Cricketer was an English cricket magazine founded in 1921 by Sir Pelham Warner, the ex-England captain turned cricket writer