Cricketnext.com, one of the most successful portals of Web 18, has undergone a complete makeover to give the portal a new and sleek look with greater emphasis on content & interactivity. Served using Akamai servers, the site is noticeably fast & is loaded with new engaging features like exclusive columns, news, analysis, interactives & rich multimedia content.
As an exclusive treat for the cricket enthusiasts, cricketnext.com has roped in India’s World Cup winning star and coach Sandeep Patil & legendary cricket commentator Dr. Narottam Puri to share their thoughts & analyze the nuances of the game adding to an existing illustrious list of writers like V. Srivatsa, former Sports Editor of The Times of India and Trevor Chesterfield, world renowned cricket analyst.
As a part of the revamp, ‘Stats Genie’ comes back in a new avatar with increased emphasis on providing superior access to data spanning 131 years of cricket history. A simple search-based, easy-to-use tool, which lets you slice data with an advanced search engine, Stats Genie helps access well categorized Test, ODI & Twenty20 data which include key stats like Highest Totals, Nervous 99’s, Most 100’s and other interesting pieces of records. The results are replete with anchor links giving access to more relevant in-depth and cross-linked data.
Increased in-depth content and live coverage from the ground are the two latest offerings on the site, which not only help you experience live action from the cricket ground, exclusively on the site, but also capture the energy in and around the host city. In addition to live coverage from ground zero, the portal now also covers, in-depth, both pre & post show analysis involving experts of the game & engages with cricket enthusiasts making it a robust platform for them to share their voice & opinions with the rest of the cricket fraternity. News, updates from across the globe, multimedia content in the form of exclusive videos, special features, photogalleries, live scorecards, ball-by-ball commentary, podcasts and interactivity in the form of messageboard, polls, contests & blogs make cricketnext.com a truly engaging platform.
The site has been launched with greater integration with Network18, the largest media network in the country. Seamless integration with Network18 properties like TV, mobile & online has given 360-degree access to cricketnext.com possible, truly making engagement with the site device independent. CricketNext.com can also be viewed on mobile handsets on GPRS connection. Network18’s short code 52622 gives an access to breaking news & score updates on the go, bringing you closer to the game. Network18’s voice portal 505 2622 & 1255526 (for BSNL & MTNL users) lets you engage with cricketnext special interactives like contests, games & polls on the go.
If that’s not enough ‘Cricket Gyan’ on cricketnext.com is a section where users can pose any question on cricket – about players, incidents, statistics, matches… anything! Cricketnext’s own experts reply to these individual queries, posting answers to them on the site.
Speaking on the occasion Surya Mantha, CEO, Web18 said “the new look cricketnext revolves around superior content, speed of the site & scorecard & providing a robust interactive platform for a cricket lover to share his/her voice with the cricketing fraternity. The 360 degree integration with mobile, TV & online provides access to best of multimedia content in a device agonistic environment. This will continue to separate cricketnext from other websites in the domain. Going forward we plan to build & introduce more unique propositions which deliver greater value to the fans of the game”