In the latest episode of the podcast we speak to two pioneers from the early days of the internet: Simon King, the founder of Cricinfo, and Vishal Misra, an early volunteer who was instrumental in the building of the database and streamlining live scoring.
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- The difficulty of getting cricket updates in the early 1990s
- Chatrooms, IRC, and begging for score updates
- The aggregation of cricket fans across North American universities
- The idea for building a database that would store all cricket information
- The early pioneers such as KS Rao and Murari Venkatraman
- The evolution of the Cricinfo scorecard
- Sending live updates from Malaysia, Kenya, and Bangladesh
- Travis Basevi – the man who built a wonder-tool called statsguru
- Vishal’s memories from the 1996 World Cup – when live scoring took off
- The day cricinfo’s server crashed in Oregon
Siddhartha Vaidyanathan (@sidvee)
Vishal Misra (@vishalmisra)
- ESPNcricinfo at 20 years – ESPNcricinfo
- One night in 1996 – Vishal Misra – ESPNcricinfo
- The wizard Elz – Siddhartha Vaidyanathan – ESPNcricinfo
- Travis Basevi, my friend who changed the way cricket was consumed – Vishal Misra – ESPNcricinfo
- Travis Basevi: the Statsguru visionary who transformed cricket – Tanya Aldred – Guardian
- Cricinfo – How it all began – Rohan Chandran
- A bot called Cricinfo – Badri Sheshadri – ESPNcricinfo
- The Cricinfo story – Hosted by Gautam Govitrikar – YouTube
Lead image from Wikimedia Commons.
One thought on “‘The first program I ever wrote was Cricinfo’ – Simon King”
Thank you for this discussion. As an IT professional who was learning in the early ’90s this echoes so much of my experience with Unix/Linux, IRC, Perl and so much more.
Cricinfo has been and is the essential cricket website.
I’m sorry to hear of the passing of Travis who played such a large part.