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ICC T20 World Cup 2016: Top Apps to get live cricket scores, live streaming, news on Android,IOS and Windows phones

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With the T20 World Cup in full flow and the IPL to follow, the next three months are going to be a delight for the cricket lovers in the country. And while the cricket fever is soaring high, it’s often difficult to balance your work with all the action on the field. If you’re stuck in office during the all-important match, thrashing the refresh button every few seconds, we might have a better solution for you. Thanks to a wide variety of apps, following your favourite team and players have never been easier. So let the game begin…

ESPN Cricinfo (Android | iOS |Windows Phone)

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No matter which device you use, the ESPN Cricinfo app has got you covered. It provides you with all the updates on the game including stats, latest scores, fixtures, news, rankings, and even live commentary. It can easily be your cricket companion when you are on the move as it brings together all you need to know about the game in one place.

Hotstar (Android | iOS)

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No commentary can ever match up to the excitement of watching live action, and if you’re one of those people who prefer watching over reading, the Hotstar app is for you. The app is available across Android and iOS platforms and brings exclusive video coverage of the T20 World Cup matches including live streaming and interesting video insights. The Hotstarwebsite is equally good in offering live streaming facility to its visitors.

ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 (Android |iOS)

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ICC’s latest update to its official cricket app brings the T20 World Cup closer to the end user than it was ever before. Rich in colour and graphics, the app offers information on fixtures, standings, results, live scores, short videos, as well as all the news on your favourite team. Users can also share their views by taking part in the polls that’ll feature throughout the World Cup. All in all, ICC’s app is a complete package.

Star Sports (Android | iOS |Windows Phone)

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The official Star Sportsapp also offers live scores, updates and streaming to its users. Plus, it takes things one step ahead by offering the option of live audio commentary for select matches. As a welcome addition, you also get the option to follow all the important news in the cricketing world.

Cricbuzz (Android | iOS |Windows Phone)

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Though not as popular as the apps above,Cricbuzz has almost all the features that Cricinfohas. It also showcases player profiles giving you statistics from their careers including the runs scored, wickets taken etc.

Yahoo! Cricket (Android | iOS |Windows Phone)

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The Yahoo! Cricket app brings Yahoo’s web offerings to mobile. It comes with a slew of features and a user-friendly interface to give you an wholesome experience. Apart from live scores and real time updates, the app features an interactive scorecard along with photo galleries. The latest news articles make sure you are one step ahead in the game, while fixtures allow you to plan your day ahead.

UC Browser (Android | iOS |Windows Phone)

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The popular UC browser has joined hands with Twitter and Microsoft Bing to provide a mobile gateway for everything cricket ahead of the season through the debut of a revamped UC Cricket. It now provides live scores, news, live tweets, photos, stats, previews and commentary making it an ideal platform for cricket fans to enjoy the sport.

Other than these apps, you can also have a peek at the scores fromGoogle Now or the Hikemessenger app, if you’re a user of the same. The official Twitter app can also be used to follow all things cricket.

Thanks to these wonderful apps, your favourite sport is now just a tap away.

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In Pakistan over 125 Million Prepaid Mobile phone users may lose Connection

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More than 125 million pre-paid mobile phone users in Pakistan may lose their connections as telecom operators have expressed their inability to re-verify their subscribers within the 28-day deadline set by the government after a brutal Taliban attack on an army school in Peshawar.

Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan last week set the deadline for the top five telecom operators – Mobilink, Ufone, Telenor, Warid and Zong. He said the government did not want “free availability” of SIMs to militants. The Taliban militants who attacked the army-run school in Peshawar on December 16 that killed 150 people, most of them children, used a SIM (subscriber identification module) of one of these top five telecom operators. ”We cannot re-verify over 125 million pre-paid connections in 28 days. If we are forced to so then eventually we will have to block the pre-paid SIMs to meet the deadline,” said a senior official of a cellular company.

He said the operators needed at least 150-200 days to complete the re-verification process. ”We want a realistic period for the verification process,” he said, adding the general public would be the ultimate sufferer if the SIMs were blocked for a month. ”The affected persons will rush to customer sale centres, franchises and retailers to get post-paid SIMs,” he added. According to the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, there are a total of 140 million mobile phone users. Of them 125 million are pre-paid and 15 million are post-paid. About a year ago, the PTA had introduced a biometric verification system to check the sale of illegal SIMs. However there are complaints of unauthorised sale of SIMs.

Telenor Pakistan official Mohammad Aslam Hayat said: “There is no such thing as unverified SIM. Every mobile operator has a record of SIM sales from its warehouse up to the retail level, where subscriptions are acquired. ”Against every SIM sold, mobile operators have necessary data as per the regulatory requirement. However, this does not mean that the system is foolproof.”  Hayat said the “dominant buyer” of bulk SIMs was a group of people involved in “grey” international incoming calls. ”These grey traffickers are willing to pay very high prices, (reportedly up to Rs 5,000 a SIM), for these Sims which turns out to be a substantially motivating factor for some in retail channels to ignore the sale procedures laid down by the operators,” he said.

The PTA has called a meeting of all operators tomorrow to discuss a solution to the problem. ”The Pakistan Rangers has also written to the PTA that the regional head of a cellular company of the SIM found in the use of a terrorist will be responsible,” an official said, adding the warning has created panic among the operators.

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