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Cricinfo at 20ish: Part of my part

Submitted by rickeyre on July 6, 2013 - 7:48pm

(This is a replication of an "About" page that was on my website in the early 2000s outlining my experience with Cricinfo. Some of these links, regrettably, no longer work.)

Rick Eyre at CricInfo

mysql_connect ("localhost", "rickeyre_reyre", "b0tica") or die ('Unable to connect to database because: ' . mysql_error());
mysql_select_db ("rickeyre_rickeyre");

$query = mysql_query("SELECT * FROM rick_ci WHERE 1 ORDER BY date");
$number = mysql_num_rows($query);

while ($number > 0) {
$row = mysql_fetch_array($query);
$row[title] = stripslashes($row[title]);
$row[description] = stripslashes($row[description]);
echo "

  • ".date('j M Y', strtotime($row[date])).": echo $row[url]."\">".$row[title]."
  • ";
    $number = $number - 1;

    (This was my last by-lined article for CricInfo. An item that I was working on that night, about unfounded rumours that Sachin Tendulkar was about to play club cricket in Sydney, never came to be written.)

    Over 800 articles carry my by-line in the CricInfo news archive. This, however, is only a small portion of my output for CricInfo between 1996 and 2001.

    I was editor of the highly successful daily email newsletter CricInfo365 (later CricInfo Daily) from 16 July 1998 until 23 August 2001, when I was deemed redundant. I personally worked on all but about fifty of the 1100 editions of the newsletter in that period, and also wrote many of the items which appeared in the email, but did not make it to CricInfo's main website news archives.

    Linked from this page is a selection of some of my work written during my last two years with CricInfo.

    Complete archives of each edition of CricInfo's newsletters can be found here. The edition that I probably value the most is that of 26 February 2001, the day Sir Donald Bradman's passing was announced to the world.

    As well as being editor and contributing writer of CricInfo's daily news service from 1998 to 2001, some of the other functions I performed for CricInfo included:

    • developed initial Players database prior to 1996 World Cup;
    • editor of CricInfo Interactive from 1996 to 1999, featuring its successful user-contributed magazine section, the googler's Gazette;
    • initial webmaster for the Association of Cricket Statisticians & Historians, 1996-98;
    • webmaster of the 1997 ICC Trophy website on CricInfo;
    • editor and later webmaster of the official New South Wales Blues website from its inception in February 1997 until August 2001;
    • Sydney-based live match reporter for the ACB website during the 1999-2000 and 2000-01 seasons;
    • reporter and site maintainer of CricInfo's coverage of the Sydney club competition in 1999-2000 and 2000-01;
    • general database/archive maintenance person, 1997-2001.

    Other miscellaneous items written for CricInfo include:

    A complete list of items that I wrote for CricInfo about women's cricket appears at


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