Deep Backward Point

Blog against the machine.

Crazy Day on the Blog

Terribly crazy day on the blog.

  1. For the third day running, the Willow TV legal story is huge. To give you an idea, that one article has received 10% of all traffic this blog has ever received.
  2. I Twitter-conversed with GigaOm reporter Janko Roettgers about the Willow story, and he wrote a story about it linking to this blog. Thank you.
  3. And finally, the UK editor of ESPN Cricinfo responded in the comments on my recent blog post on my disappointment with how they reported a story about spot-fixing. (our conversation in the comments here)

Crazy, I tell you.


Updates to the Willow Story: Legal Action Against Pirated Cricket Viewers in America

The Willow TV story– where the popular US cricket streaming service is sending legal notices to alleged subscribers of pirated streams– is developing fast. I’ve been updating the original blog post as I learn more information.

Previously on


Conflict of Interest: Extreme Edition

So let’s say you are Geoff Marsh, and you’re coaching Sri Lanka. Do you tell them your sons’ weaknesses before the upcoming series?

If you don’t, is that a conflict of interest?


Sehwag in the Fifth Dimension

This morning, Subash writes a great article on Sehwag: Realms of the Incomprehensible

He reminded me of a great Sehwag interview by Nagraj Gollapudi. The interview is great, but it also contains one of my favorite Sehwag quotes:

New Design

Sneakily introduced a new design here a few days ago. Let me know what you think. Primary focus is readability. Don’t care if you notice the gadgets and gizmos in sidebars and dropdown menus. You read, I’ll keep writing.

What Makes Trott So Fascinating to Geeks

I’ve harped on Trott a lot. I wrote three very long posts trying to present numbers that quantify the uneasiness he generates.

That is what makes him so interesting– the most popular metrics used to judge a cricketer fail when judging Jonathan Trott. Batting average, strike rate, gross runs, 100s, 50s, are an inadequate set. Those of us who pay attention to numbers have known about the inadequacy of traditional statistics, but Jonathan Trott personifies this struggle. Any time anyone says, what’s wrong with traditional stats? We can say, “Jonathan Trott,” and smile knowingly.

He has scored enough runs on average. He has scored at a decent stike rate on average. And he has scored a lot of runs in aggregate. But what the numbers don’t tell you is whether he scored the runs at the appropriate time, at the appropriate rate. And that’s why I keep writing about him.

And Misbah. I need to write about Misbah.

It’s Sharjah, not Haar jaa

It’s disconcerting how many times Sharjah appears on this list:

Records | One-Day Internationals | Most runs on a single ground

Thankfully, that era is over.

On the Other Hand

The next Pakistan captain could be Shahid Afridi. Then again, it could be Misbah-ul-Haq.

Osman Samiuddin, tongue firmly in cheek:

Not least of Misbah’s achievements as captain – and this includes the series with South Africa – is that it went off without anybody being killed. No one ran away and no bookies have yet been sighted. Daniel Vettori even completed his press conference duties without insinuating anything untoward about Umar Gul’s fine fourth-evening spell in Wellington. It is a minor triumph.

via The latest chapter in Misbah’s extraordinary career | ESPN Cricinfo

He’s had quite a career so far, and has that innate quality Pakistani cricketers seem to have of being able to come back from the dead. Repeatedly. In my count from earlier this week, he may soon be #15 since Imran.