Cricinfo has changed. This is likely to be of at least some significance to you as someone who follows cricket online. What’s your opinion on the change?
The first thing that struck us is that Cricinfo has been ‘acquired’ by ESPN. You have to say ‘acquired’. We don’t know why. We’re going to start ‘acquiring’ pints from the bar from now on.
Our thoughts on this acquisition are nothing more than that it’s a bit irritating that the foremost cricket website is owned by a US company. But such is life.
Far and away the worst thing about the old Cricinfo was its typeface. It was too small for reading articles of any length and when you made it bigger, it looked hideous and was barely any more legible. The new typeface is far better.
The new homepage does the modern thing of having loads of small sections, each being a category of content. It’s okay. You can probably get to more stuff directly from the homepage, but it gives casual users a lot of screen to scan on first arrival.
The live scores bit’s better though, offering some sort of comprehensible hierarchy with international matches at the top. Previously, the live scores section always seemed to show KwaZulu Natal against Griqualand. Now you can minimise the KwaZulu Natal against Griqualand bit and just see scores you’re interested in.
Overall, thumbs up, but it’s not the kind of thing we’re going to write a whole post about.