November 7, 2012

Choose your ESPNcricinfo homepage

We will not pretend this is a dazzling innovation. Even though ESPNcricinfo has run multiple homepages for years now, you have not had the option of choosing which one to set as your default
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We will not pretend this is a dazzling innovation. The practice of allowing users to select between various editions of website homepages has existed on the internet for many years. But even though ESPNcricinfo has run multiple homepages for years now, you have not had the option of choosing which one to set as your default.

It wasn't because we didn't trust you to make the right choice for yourself, but because we were unsure about how it would sit with our image of ourselves: as one site for one cricket world. Internationalism has always been the bedrock of our editorial policy. The content that we offer on the site is the same across the world. The writings of our correspondents and writers are informed with local knowledge, but the perspective is always global. We sometimes find ourselves reflecting on the irony when we are accused of being biased both in favour of and against the same team. We recognise nationalism as among the biggest curses of cricket coverage, and our writers are trained to steer clear of it.

So we have, unnecessarily perhaps, fretted a bit about the message offering editions will transmit. We needn't have.

Over the years we have grown our local coverage. We have desks in three time zones; we have correspondents in most major cricket-playing countries. We provide scorecards of every domestic tournament in the Test-playing nations. This year we covered English County Championship matches with men on the ground. And so, by going more local, we are more global than ever. The limitlessness of our medium allows us to expand our coverage continuously without making sacrifices: unlike in print, say, a new feature or a new section need not replace something.

However, the homepages need to be finite; otherwise they would scroll forever. That's why we have tailored them to reflect regional flavour. A county match report will find top billing on the UK edition, but may not be available on the Pakistan one. When the Indian domestic season starts, news and features relating to it can be found under a tab next to "More news" on the Indian edition. A feature on Australia's selection policy might be on the top of the "Specials" panel on the Australia edition.

So while our content remains the same across the world, the presentation varies from region to region. It has done for a few years, and since these pages are geo-targeted, they have been served to you based on where you are accessing the site from.

It will continue to be so. For example, if you are based in Australia, the Australian edition will open by default in your browser. However, you now have the option of choosing your ESPNcricinfo homepage (use the drop-down at the top left-hand corner, just above the ESPNcricinfo masthead). For instance, if you happen to be a follower of Pakistan cricket based in Australia, you can now choose the Pakistan global homepage to be your default.

To start with, we are offering five homepages. Global, which is our default international edition, India, England, Australia and New Zealand, Africa, and Pakistan. But there will be more coming your way soon.

Sambit Bal is the editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • Syed Sarim Raza on November 20, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    This is truly exceptional what Cricinfo has done in recent years for Cricket and Cricket Fans all over the world. It would not be wrong to say that ball to ball coverage of all the matches around the globe, detailed scorecards, thoughtful articles, addictive blogs, and statistics about cricket from the scratch provide a cricket fan as much thrill and delight as watching a live cricket match on TV. It is really an ultimate joy for a cricket fan to have a website like Cricinfo that is very much user friendly as well as one of the most advanced and highly professional website. Moreover the website also works as the performance indicator for the Cricketers who can keep track of their performances thanks to the extra ordinary stats team of Cricinfo. I am a big fan of Cricinfo and why should not I be. Cricket runs in our blood and Cricinfo works like an artery to carry this blood throughout the body to keep us alive. Thanks Cricinfo for everything.

  • Joseph on November 8, 2012, 8:37 GMT

    Good effort. I would always set my preferences to Global. But sometimes I like to see some in-depth news and this will be good for me

  • Nafees Qureshi on November 8, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    Team...dropdown is not working in IE or Google Chrome!

  • Chinna on November 8, 2012, 4:41 GMT

    Good to see espncricinfo is coming up with more options. Its a good option for those who are following up with the domestic cricket/leagues in particular region. Hope homepages for other regions also comes up soon...

  • SKG on November 8, 2012, 4:23 GMT

    Nicely written piece giving a glimpse of what a cricket daily (if i may call it) editor thinks of from his job perspective.

  • Malli Iyer on November 8, 2012, 1:05 GMT

    I am a regular reader of cricinfo reports for nearly. 10. Years. I strongly feel your scorecards must be separated for people like me who read the reports at leisure but need to see the scorecards of international games as they wake up. More so,because of different time zones and in availability of telecasts all round the globe. You must also make available websites that do live streaming of games and websites which do live telecasts, even if on a pay-per-view basis

  • Vikram Acharya on November 8, 2012, 0:56 GMT

    Isnt global and India the same?

  • Mykuhl on November 8, 2012, 0:51 GMT

    Will New Zealand even get a look in on an Australia/New Zealand page? Where will Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the West Indies go?

  • Dinu on November 8, 2012, 0:19 GMT

    Any attempt to improve quality of service is always welcome. As a regular visitor to your website (almost one visit a day unless network fails), i appreciate the efforts you have put in and promises you have made to offer more. Keep up the good work.

  • mahee on November 7, 2012, 21:54 GMT

    good initiative. well, then why "RANJI TROPHY 2012-13" are showing in the quick links of all edition. Isnt it supposed to be only in Indian edition!!!!...PLS show SL-NZ and BD-WI quick links in the global edition. Thanks

  • Syed Sarim Raza on November 20, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    This is truly exceptional what Cricinfo has done in recent years for Cricket and Cricket Fans all over the world. It would not be wrong to say that ball to ball coverage of all the matches around the globe, detailed scorecards, thoughtful articles, addictive blogs, and statistics about cricket from the scratch provide a cricket fan as much thrill and delight as watching a live cricket match on TV. It is really an ultimate joy for a cricket fan to have a website like Cricinfo that is very much user friendly as well as one of the most advanced and highly professional website. Moreover the website also works as the performance indicator for the Cricketers who can keep track of their performances thanks to the extra ordinary stats team of Cricinfo. I am a big fan of Cricinfo and why should not I be. Cricket runs in our blood and Cricinfo works like an artery to carry this blood throughout the body to keep us alive. Thanks Cricinfo for everything.

  • Joseph on November 8, 2012, 8:37 GMT

    Good effort. I would always set my preferences to Global. But sometimes I like to see some in-depth news and this will be good for me

  • Nafees Qureshi on November 8, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    Team...dropdown is not working in IE or Google Chrome!

  • Chinna on November 8, 2012, 4:41 GMT

    Good to see espncricinfo is coming up with more options. Its a good option for those who are following up with the domestic cricket/leagues in particular region. Hope homepages for other regions also comes up soon...

  • SKG on November 8, 2012, 4:23 GMT

    Nicely written piece giving a glimpse of what a cricket daily (if i may call it) editor thinks of from his job perspective.

  • Malli Iyer on November 8, 2012, 1:05 GMT

    I am a regular reader of cricinfo reports for nearly. 10. Years. I strongly feel your scorecards must be separated for people like me who read the reports at leisure but need to see the scorecards of international games as they wake up. More so,because of different time zones and in availability of telecasts all round the globe. You must also make available websites that do live streaming of games and websites which do live telecasts, even if on a pay-per-view basis

  • Vikram Acharya on November 8, 2012, 0:56 GMT

    Isnt global and India the same?

  • Mykuhl on November 8, 2012, 0:51 GMT

    Will New Zealand even get a look in on an Australia/New Zealand page? Where will Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the West Indies go?

  • Dinu on November 8, 2012, 0:19 GMT

    Any attempt to improve quality of service is always welcome. As a regular visitor to your website (almost one visit a day unless network fails), i appreciate the efforts you have put in and promises you have made to offer more. Keep up the good work.

  • mahee on November 7, 2012, 21:54 GMT

    good initiative. well, then why "RANJI TROPHY 2012-13" are showing in the quick links of all edition. Isnt it supposed to be only in Indian edition!!!!...PLS show SL-NZ and BD-WI quick links in the global edition. Thanks

  • Sriraj on November 7, 2012, 21:18 GMT

    Hi Sambit, thanks for the clarification I had been long aching for! As a global fan based in Australia, I had been wondering why the media was covering the Gabba test so much while I had to go the specific country pages to find more about Ban-WI or the Ranji games. Now the option to choose the Global page will be a boon for many around the world! Thank you!

  • saba hameed on November 7, 2012, 20:38 GMT

    That seems interesting so i'm totally looking forward to it. Although i don't understand why Africa is pinned with Pakistan (no grudge against them, they're great people), being able to choose my own homepage on one of my favorite sites is quite self-satisfying.

  • Zeeshan on November 7, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    this is a great step by cricinfo and would definitely increase the number of people who visit this site. I am from Pakistan and a regular visitor of cricinfo (infact i come here around 3 times everyday!) and would love to switch to the Pakistan home page...but i have one question, what i've seen through my time at cricinfo is that there is a HUGE Pakistani audience here who would like to read news related to Pakistan then why combine Pak page with Africa?? other than that, everything seems awesome on this site!

  • Shahid Hafiz on November 7, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    Waiting for Bangladesh default page.

  • geni gemi on November 7, 2012, 19:25 GMT

    very nice move. now we can see our country' news, acticles much nearer to us than before. Thanks EspnCricinfo. keep up your legacy which you have been carrying for more than a decade. And i am following you for 10 years now.

  • Srikanth on November 7, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    Does it matter really?.All you care about is the num of page hits.We often see unrelated articles published on india home page(this site is only promoting hatred among fans but who cares about that?)

  • kannan on November 7, 2012, 18:51 GMT

    yes this is a step in the right direction

  • Mohammad Mujeeb on November 7, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    I am a follower of Pakistan cricket so I want the homepage made for Pakistan. I am also intrested in the international cricket. One thing I want you to change is make simple your articles because most people in Pakistan don't have a good peice of english so we can understand them even. I use read to these articles but I face difficulty while reading them. So if you can make these articles easy I will very thankful to you. Thanks

  • Tiger on November 7, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    Want Bangladesh!

  • Vamsi on November 7, 2012, 18:29 GMT

    Hi, the idea of switching between homepages is nice. I'm in US and initially I got the "Global" homepage. I was able to go to "India" homepage. Now I cannot go back to "Global" homepage, in fact any other homepage. The drop down shows different options, but if I select any other, it stays in "India" homepage. I even tried to close my browser and open again, still I'm struck in "India" homepage. Hope you fix this soon.

  • Anonymous on November 7, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    I thought this was old news? By default, when I lived in NZ it used to go direct to the NZ homepage. Now I am in the UK it goes to what I assume is the Global homepage.

  • S K Bijarniya on November 7, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    good innovation by cricinfo..hope it will be successful

  • Satyajeet on November 7, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    nice!!!!

  • Al Zafar on November 7, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    it is good yaar

  • jagadeesh prasad on November 7, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    good one

  • Nutcutlet on November 7, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    Eminently sensible. A thoroughly good idea. I shall not confine my reading to matters directly English, however, as I would want to see what's going on elsewhere. Thank you for your website; it has improved the following of cricket enormously, besides saving paper!

  • Sujoy on November 7, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    Thanks Mr. Editor, But I think me and thousands of other users would be much happier if you could discontinue the annoying ad banners(clicking the close buttons of which requires the preciseness of a calligraphy artist) which obscure the main section of the home page every time I access Cricinfo.

  • Zahidsaltin on November 7, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    Espncricinfo is doing a great job but there always have been one concern. The global web page is not reporting it impartially. It seems as if the administration has done their own ranking in deciding that who gets the maximum exposure. England gets 5 times more exposure than other members followed by Australia and then India and South Africa. India has recently come up with its claims to exposure and that is purely due to its money might. I would have wished that Pakistan, Sirilanka and others were treated equally by a global page.

  • yjreddy on November 7, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    Thanks for ur creative job.very nice and keep it up..

  • Suze on November 7, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    Really NZ.... WI is a way better team than NZ, currently and historically, and deserves its own homepage right now!!!!!!!!

  • Amit on November 7, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    Great feature. Could do with some smoothing out as it takes me five clicks to update to correct option. I guess its the thought that counts more but would help if it "just works" ;-)

  • Garry on November 7, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    This is good, now we won't constantly see what Kevin Pieterson had for lunch or the score between Ramsbottom 3rd 11 vs East Yorkford in the England west fifth division making the headlines above a test between Sri Lanka and New Zealand. This site is way to England centric and to be able to change that would be great!

  • soban mehmood on November 7, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    this website is very good

  • Arshad Khan on November 7, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    Good on you! This way, unnecessary biased posts could be avoided from those readers to whom a particular country does not matter at all but who take it as their religious duty to comment albeit unnecessarily.

  • Thomas Thurairatnam on November 7, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    Sambit, while congratulating Cricinfo for launching this, it is unclear from the last paragraph what excatly the country groupings are. Are England, Australia and New Zealand together or are Africa and Pakistan?

  • vijay on November 7, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    By default we will get global edition.. we have countries tab to select edition of different countries. what's the need of choose edition then?

  • Anonymous on November 7, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    This is great. Thanks very much. Love you, cricinfo.

  • vijay on November 7, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    Good , But no so appealing..

  • Basit Gul on November 7, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    Awesome work done...Thanks Team cricinfo!!!

  • aby prasad on November 7, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    Thanks! Im sure a lot of drawing board discussions took place for and against this decision. I just wanted to take this opportunity to tell you that it is a pleasure to come and read this site. I'm into marketing and my humble suggestion is that this site has the making of a super power what with the huge generation of interest from countries all over the world. Additionally, more n more people are shying away from top political newspapers to read less political reports, and sports is right there on top! I can see a future where even espncricinfo would have a major say in what viewers like/dislike about even major political decisions,sports decisions etc with your huge database of espn followers by then! esp with the option of people speaking to each other in your opinion pages! Good luck and God speed , Mr. Sambit Bal! :)

  • Merzy Merchant on November 7, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    I know things will Come or Fall only at the right time. Trust or No Trust, Is "Y" I Just Suggest Never to go ahead of the Time, but Go by the Time. GOOD-LUCK

  • Abhinav Jha on November 7, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    Didn't cricinfo do this for several years in the late late 90s and early 2000s.....what am I missing here, Br. Bal

  • Rajiv Radhakrishnan on November 7, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    Regardless of this, the current Cricinfo website is a mess. Just chaos, like the international scheduling.

    I remember when you had it a few years back, so much "cleaner" and easier on the eye. Now a mess

  • Adnan Rafique on November 7, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    Its a great achievement for cricinfo, It provides user to view more news. I am using it form last 5 years and they are getting better and better. I hope we will have more new exciting features from cricinfo.

  • Gonzo on November 7, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    What possible logic is there in grouping South Africa and Pakistan? Surely these are very different markets with different interests in terms of coverage.

  • padda on November 7, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    this is for u cricinfo. I m an Indian cricket fan based in Australia. So i get the idea that whenever i open ur website it takes me to Australian homepage. but enlighten me on this that when i open Global page still all the news and articles r related to either Australian local cricket or Aus-SA test series bar from one article abt dilshan century.there is another similarly important test series starting from the same date that is IND-ENG series but how come it doesn't get any mention on ur Global home page.

  • somu.b on November 7, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    i love espn cricinfo

  • davidpk on November 7, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    every thing you said we can do now, so not sure what you mean. i use opera browser and it allows me to use whichever homepage i want.

  • Akash on November 7, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    Brilliance at its best !!!!!!!!!

  • Lawrence on November 7, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    To clarify, will it be the "Africa" homepage or the "South/Southern Africa/African" homepage?

    Africa is a huge place, 2nd biggest continent on earth, and to incorporate all countries into one site when that's not done for other global regions seems a bit skewed and would, in my opinion, belittle the likes of South Africa if it's just seen as "Africa".

    I get the notion of keeping minnows like Kenya under the radar and keeping Zimbabwe involved, but why not do that with Great Britain + Ireland, for example? Asia? Australasia?

  • carson on November 7, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    I like this I am addicted to this site pity cant see international cricket highlights love cricket before football cant wait for the west indies home page I adore the international edition.

  • Divya on November 7, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    Thanks for this new development!!

    However, I personally prefer the global edition since I like to keep track of all the major cricketing developments throughout the world. I'm Indian (no, I'm not partial to my own country!), I love test match cricket, and I am eagerly looking forward to Australia v/s SA AND India v/s England. Can't wait!!

  • Ravi on November 7, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    How do we change the default homepage?

  • Sriram on November 7, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    Other than the fact that I'm not employed by cricinfo, i spend half of my life reading every bit of news on it and about all countries, that is the beauty of my game. I do choose to pick my fav countries to get more details but then to make India as my home page..nah..id prefer the traditional look at least for now. A change is always a welcome so wishing you Good luck with this new move.

  • Priyank on November 7, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    Being a Cricket fan, I would want to get all updates related to every Cricket playing nation. So "Global" for me, though I'm from India.

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  • Priyank on November 7, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    Being a Cricket fan, I would want to get all updates related to every Cricket playing nation. So "Global" for me, though I'm from India.

  • Sriram on November 7, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    Other than the fact that I'm not employed by cricinfo, i spend half of my life reading every bit of news on it and about all countries, that is the beauty of my game. I do choose to pick my fav countries to get more details but then to make India as my home page..nah..id prefer the traditional look at least for now. A change is always a welcome so wishing you Good luck with this new move.

  • Ravi on November 7, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    How do we change the default homepage?

  • Divya on November 7, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    Thanks for this new development!!

    However, I personally prefer the global edition since I like to keep track of all the major cricketing developments throughout the world. I'm Indian (no, I'm not partial to my own country!), I love test match cricket, and I am eagerly looking forward to Australia v/s SA AND India v/s England. Can't wait!!

  • carson on November 7, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    I like this I am addicted to this site pity cant see international cricket highlights love cricket before football cant wait for the west indies home page I adore the international edition.

  • Lawrence on November 7, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    To clarify, will it be the "Africa" homepage or the "South/Southern Africa/African" homepage?

    Africa is a huge place, 2nd biggest continent on earth, and to incorporate all countries into one site when that's not done for other global regions seems a bit skewed and would, in my opinion, belittle the likes of South Africa if it's just seen as "Africa".

    I get the notion of keeping minnows like Kenya under the radar and keeping Zimbabwe involved, but why not do that with Great Britain + Ireland, for example? Asia? Australasia?

  • Akash on November 7, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    Brilliance at its best !!!!!!!!!

  • davidpk on November 7, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    every thing you said we can do now, so not sure what you mean. i use opera browser and it allows me to use whichever homepage i want.

  • somu.b on November 7, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    i love espn cricinfo

  • padda on November 7, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    this is for u cricinfo. I m an Indian cricket fan based in Australia. So i get the idea that whenever i open ur website it takes me to Australian homepage. but enlighten me on this that when i open Global page still all the news and articles r related to either Australian local cricket or Aus-SA test series bar from one article abt dilshan century.there is another similarly important test series starting from the same date that is IND-ENG series but how come it doesn't get any mention on ur Global home page.