A cricket iPhone ‘app’

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“You want to know what time it is? There’s an app for that. You want to make a phone call? There’s an app for that. You want your iPhone to remain inactive unless someone phones or texts you? There’s an app for that.”

It seemed safe to assume that we would never, ever, in a million years, write a post about an iPhone app, but it turns out there was a loophole: iPhone apps that let you put the hair or facial hair of cricketers on pictures of yourself.

Gehan sent us this, saying “the man in the photo is not me but my significantly better looking business partner”.

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The 'stache to end all 'staches

It is called Cricket Booth and you can download it here.

If it wouldn’t lead to our self loathing becoming dangerously complete, we’d get an iPhone so we could put Hashim Amla’s beard on ourself.

Gehan says there will ‘probably’ be an update ‘in a bit’ with Seventies and Eighties cricketing hair/facial hair, which sounds like the kind of non-committal business plan we might come up with if we did ‘business’. Which we don’t.


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  1. Have been highly addicted to the Stick Cricket iPhone game lately, yesterday I was determined to beat my high score before getting up and hence spent 5 hours in bed.

    1. It’s always useful to know what you look like with a beard, and the range of cricketing beards is sufficiently wide (Prior to Amla) as to give one a decent choice. Proper beard growing is a time-consuming business, the intermediate stages are not a good look, and previously there wasn’t any way to know whether at the end it would be worth it. This system changes that. You are at least working towards a goal with some clearer idea of the outcome. This is surely one of the most genuinely useful iPhone apps around, so I can understand your delight, Sarah.

  2. Downloaded the app and have a serious decision to make… do women prefer an Amla/WG Grace style thunder beard or a miami vice/warne inspired coiffeur? Ladies help me out… results will be displayed in Venn format (I will find a way or rather hope that GED takes up the challenge)

  3. I know there have been talks about this now and then, but I just realized this morning that the world cup starts later this month, and I might actually be able to watch it on TV this time around.

    Which is why I will forgive this lousy post, KC.

  4. Also that is a saber-tooth tiger avatar. That’s just to show you people that though Bert’s comments are way more interesting than mine, I shall be king of commenters by instilling fear in you.

    1. Terribly sorry, Deep Cower, but at first glance I thought it was one of those fat dogs with too much skin. So in that sense, it didn’t instill anything in me other than sympathy for stupid dogs.

      As a side note to KC, I was initially sceptical about these avatar things, but they do make an excellent substitute for a real topic of conversation. I’ve started basing my entire concept of people’s personalities on their chosen avatar. So sorry again, Deep Cower.

  5. An iphone-enhanced picture can’t give you the huge sense of achievement of growing one’s own ridiculous tache.

    Let Merv be your model.

  6. My phone doesn’t seem to do anything but make or receive calls. Could I request a number where I give a description of myself and choose a preferred cricketer’s facial hair from a list of options (or perhaps some sort of ‘voice recognising’ technology could be developed) and I then receive a detailed description of myself with said facial hair?

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