June 21, 2010

A new look for Cricinfo blogs

Sambit Bal
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The all new Cricinfo blogs homepage  © ESPNcricinfo Ltd
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You are reading this on a page different from the one you're used to seeing for a Cricinfo blog.

I must admit it took us longer to get here - the blogs section was feeling, in a visual sense, more and more disconnected with the other parts of the site - than we bargained for, but it's been a busy few months for the design and production teams. Since the redesign of Cricinfo, they have relaunched a Formula One site and delivered a World Cup one for Soccernet, while continuing to polish Cricinfo.

The real purpose of a redesign, of course, goes beyond the cosmetic. Not only does the blogs section now look better integrated with the rest of the site, we also believe it is more reader-friendly. The page headers are cleaner and sharper, the text-display panel wider, and the type better spaced. The navigation has been shortened to make it look less cluttered, and all blogs are available via a couple of dropdown menus and on the page footer.

More importantly, your voice finds a more prominent space. We have introduced a comments feed on the right-hand column of the blogs homepage, which is an invitation to you engage in a meaningful discussion not only with the writers but among yourselves. Also, there are now feeds for comments - for all blogs and individual ones.

This is the second significant section redesign for us this fortnight. Most of you will have seen our new Video and Audio page, which as the name suggests, combines our multimedia offerings. Among the improvements: a larger video player that enhances the experience of watching a clip manifold, and a more visually appealing listings display, with pictures for each item.

As always, some of you might miss the familiar, but clearly, it was time to move on.

Sambit Bal is the editor of ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Ashish Keshri on (June 30, 2010, 10:53 GMT)

Hi Sambit, The new design is good for this page. However I have some suggestions for Cricinfo. 1) As a cricket enthusiast I would be more interested in description of the match as in a newspaper. While newspaper reporting is done by generalists, here it can be done by experts. 2)Compulsory statistics page for every test and ODI preview and end of match. I believe in the beginning and end of every match various records are established. However insignificant they are but fun to read. 3)Sub pages for domestic tournaments.. as an Indian i am so much interested in finding the analysis of domestic matches and various first class records besides performance of various players. currently its difficult to find or not present..

Thanks..

Posted by Mohammad Asad on (June 23, 2010, 16:25 GMT)

I do agree with Yasir...... Thanks !! Yasir for the comments.

Posted by yasir on (June 22, 2010, 23:41 GMT)

Hi Sambit, I like the new design.

We are missing the articles, as were published shortly after an ODI or a Day of Test Match, pointing out some interesting facts, team positions, different aspects of players. Got some glimpse during the Asia cup match coverage (perhaps because it was an Asia and lot of reports were deputed by Cricinfo). For example, some pieces on Shoaib Akhter, something on Ghambir , Afridi progress etc. But its not there in all the matches, especially in the matches, where England or India are not involved. See for example, SA VS WI, (barring that one article on Gayle, from Tony Cozier), nothing has been written. Pakistan Editor, Usman Smaiuddin, has disappeared somewhere while Pakistan was involved in most interesting ODIs in a long time. I was expecting some pieces appearing from him during the Asia Cup.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sambit Bal
Editor-in-chief 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.

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