The A-Z of Cricinfo

From Ask Steven to the ZCU: a glossary of the site's journey

Nishi Narayanan and Siddhartha Vaidyanathan

Karachi Blues with their Quaid-e-Azam trophy after winning the final, Karachi Blues v Sialkot, Final, Quaid-e-Azam trophy, 5th day, Lahore, February 28, 2013
ESPNcricinfo: the home of domestic cricket © Pakistan Cricket Board


While most cricket sites today cover all or at least all major international matches, ESPNcricinfo is one of the few that offers comprehensive coverage of domestic cricket around the world. Domestic scorecards are available for virtually all seasons, and match reports and round-ups for the last decade. Since 2012, match days in the County Championship and the Ranji Trophy are also covered on a live blog.


In 1992, an open-source scoring software called dougie, programmed by a graduate student, Jaques de Villiers, became the foundation for providing live coverage for cricket matches, first on the Usenet group and later on Cricinfo. De Villiers named the programme after South African scorer Dougie Etlinger. The software was used exclusively for scoring by Cricinfo till the Cricinfo Live Scoring software was introduced. Dougie is still in operation and is used mostly to score games covered from the ground, and it doubles up as a back-up for CLS.