ESPNcricinfo has launched a new web series called ‘Contenders’, ahead of the Cricket World Cup 2015. The 10 episode show started on January 19th and will feature pre-tournament analysis from cricketers Rahul Dravid and South Africa’s Graeme Smith.
ESPNcricinfo said that both the players will provide in-depth analysis of each of the 14 participating teams, focusing on the strengths & weaknesses of each team as well as the captain and key players of the respective team. The company adds that the show will also have a separate segment called Insights which will provide in-depth data and numbers about the teams. The show will be hosted by ESPNcricinfo senior editor Gaurav Kalra.
Besides this, we noticed that ESPNcricinfo has setup a separate video section called World Cup Vignettes which features short videos reminiscing significant moments from earlier world cup tournaments.
The Cricket Monthly
In November last year, ESPNcricinfo had launched a digital-only monthly cricket magazine called The Cricket Monthly, that can be read on the website and on iOS and Android powered tablets. The tablet apps currently offers these issues for a monthly subscription for $0.99, while the web still offers free access to readers, indicating that the company is yet to roll out subscriptions on the web/
ESPNcricinfo had also partnered Vuclip in July last year to offer cricket related videos to Vuclip users. This included match previews, press conferences, match analysis, interviews and special features among others.
ESPN had also launched an online store for ESPNCricinfo at shop.ESPNcricinfo.com by tying up with Australian company Velocity Brand Management‘s retail division in January last year.The site currently offers jerseys, caps and accessories with free shipping anywhere in India.