The Indian Premier League has begun and if you're one of those
savvy Windows Phone users looking to keep up while travelling, then
we've got some free apps lined up for you. There are official
IPL apps available for iOS, Android and BlackBerry, but it's a bit
unfortunate that there is no official app for Windows Phone.
Luckily, there are a few good alternatives.
Currently, this is the best cricket app on the Windows Phone
Marketplace. It is a full-fledged app that covers international
cricket matches as well as the IPL series. It has features like
live scorecard, ball-by-ball commentary, upcoming matches, news,
photo gallery, team and player profiles etc.
This is the 2nd-best offering on the Marketplace at
the moment. It offers live scorecard, team rankings, news and
fixtures for international matches and the IPL. Though it lacks a
photo gallery and team/player profiles, it makes up by adding a
Cricket Basics section that gives the user detailed
information about the sport.
This app also gives you a live scorecard, team/player profiles,
season schedule, and news and gallery sections. A unique feature of
this app is that it lets you set a reminder for your favorite
Some users have reported that the live score does
not work sometimes, but the developer states that the issue has
been fixed in the latest update.
Update: At the time of writing
this article, the above apps were the only ones worth noting. But
recently, another significant app hit the Marketplace:
Many cricket fans use ESPNcricinfo's website to check the live
scores of cricket matches. ESPNcricinfo also has apps for many
platforms and it is very fortunate that Windows Phone is now one of
them. Just like Yahoo! Cricket, ESPNcricinfo is a full-fledged app
which has features like live score card, commentary, fixtures,
news, videos and photo gallery.
Apart from the standard features, it also has these unique
features which no other cricket app on Windows Phone currently
- Push notifications: The app will push alerts for
batsman milestones, wickets etc.
- Live tiles: Pin a game and get updates on your home
- Personalization: Customize the app to your favorite
- 'Lean Back' mode: This mode will show the live score
in full screen. A nice feature where you can place the phone on a
desk and get updates while working.
In my opinion, this beats the Yahoo! Cricket app in many
Note: Indiatimes also offers an IPL app, but it is limited
to viewing videos from their IPL channel on YouTube.