Hindustan Times: Three more Pakistan women cricketers test positive for COVID-19. “Three more Pakistani women cricketers tested positive for COVID-19 to take the total count to six as country’s cricket board is in a limbo to assemble a proper squad ahead of its home series against West Indies.”
The Cricketer: THE SECRET CRICKETER: County cricket social media is becoming a hidden problem. “The Secret Cricketer has played county cricket for nearly 20 years and represented England. In his latest column for The Cricketer, he addresses the pitfalls of social media and how players are becoming obsessed with appeasing their followers.”
BBC: Covid: Pakistan cricket squad quarantined after positive tests in New Zealand. “Six members of Pakistan’s cricket team have tested positive for Covid-19 while on tour in New Zealand. All six have been moved from managed isolation into quarantine and the team’s exemption from social-distancing rules for training has been suspended.”
The Next Web: Facebook scores big, gets rights to air highlights from major cricket tournaments. “The International Cricket Council (ICC), the governing body for the sport, announced today it’s partnering with Facebook to show exclusive digital content for ICC tournaments hosted in the Indian sub-continent until 2023. The social network will also show post-match recaps for ICC events hosted elsewhere in the world.”
New-to-me: a database of statues of sports figures around the world. From the About page: “The Sporting Statues Project records and researches statues of sportsmen and women around the world. Since 2010 we have published academic papers and magazine articles, and collected information on over 600 statues.” The site has a number of different sections, including one for statues of baseball players in the US.
CNET: Facebook loses bid to stream Indian cricket tournament tourney. “The social network took a swing at a five-year, $610 million deal for local streaming rights to the Indian Premier League, NDTV reported. Facebook’s hopes were dashed, however, by 21st Century Fox’s Star India unit, which bid $2.55 billion for both digital and TV rights worldwide.”
Cricket is getting a lot of love from the search engines this year. The latest up: Bing. “With the onset of Twenty20 cricket season starting with the ICC World T20 in India, Bing has announced a refreshed set of search features such as Bing predictions, polls and quizzes designed to give cricket fans an enhanced search experience.”