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This blog has been a long time in the making. It's a lame excuse, but I can offer the explanation that I was looking for the right tone for this blog because I also write in the other areas of the site. I don't claim to have found it, but I have been shamed into action by John Brewin and Graham Jenkins, my colleagues at Soccernet and Scrum, Cricinfo's sister sites, who have started their editor's blogs.
So first things first: this will not be a column, nor a journal or a diary. Rather, I am hoping that it will develop into a conversation. Cricinfo's primary duty has always been to its readers, and one of the great gifts of the internet, is the connection it allows between the reader and the writer.
This page will be a modest attempt to further that connection.
It will also feature random reflections and observations forgive me, and feel free to chastise me, if it occasionally veers towards self-indulgence but mainly it will aim to draw you into the world of Cricinfo. I am always curious about what goes into the making of things I like: movies, books, gadgets, magazines, or even cocktails and pasta, and I hope it will be of some interest to you to get a peek behind the scenes at Cricinfo. Alas, that will not include what Andrew McGlashan is up to in the evenings at the St Lawrence Gap in Barbados.
Sambit Bal is the editor of ESPNcricinfoFeeds: Sambit Bal
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Editor Sambit Bal took to journalism at the age of 19 after realising that he wasn't fit for anything else, and to cricket journalism 14 years later when it dawned on him that it provided the perfect excuse to watch cricket in the office. Among other things he has bowled legspin, occasionally landing the ball in front of the batsman; laid out the comics page of a newspaper; covered crime, urban development and politics; and edited Gentleman, a monthly features magazine. He joined Wisden in 2001 and edited Wisden Asia Cricket and Cricinfo Magazine. He still spends his spare time watching cricket.