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Mar
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Like all of the current writers and editors for Android Police, I'm American. Which means that my understanding of cricket is something along the lines of, "like baseball, but more British." That gives me the vague impression that during the seventh inning stretch everyone stops to sing God Save The Queen and heads to the concession stand for tea. If you know more about the noble sport of cricket than I do, you'll be pleased to hear that Google just added support for scores and schedules to Google Now. 

2014-03-07 21.20.11

All joking aside, we know this is a big deal for sports fans in India, Australia, South Africa, Pakistan, and several other countries. Assuming that the cricket sports tracking works the same as other sports, you should be able to manually add major cricket teams via the customization menu in Google Now (the little wand icon at the bottom of the main Now screen). If you search for a particular game or team, it may show up on a Google Now card automatically when a game is upcoming, in progress, or completed. Strangely, there's no icon for the sport.

Cricket fans started noticing the addition to Google Now yesterday. It seems like most of the notable international teams are present, though at least one Indian site reports that the Indian Premier League is not present. It looks like the IPL teams have been added in. Thanks to commenter Ronak Gandhi for the tip.

Thanks, Shashank kakrecha and Syed Aalishan!

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Naga Sridhar

    Finally!!! This is so much useful for all Cricket Fans!! Wanted this feature like from a long time! Google, way to go!! You have brought joy to millions of cricket fans out there now!!

  • silicobat

    awesome

  • Dan

    Awesome stuff!! Now if they only added Tennis. Por favor Google!

    • abobobilly

      Yeah, nothing more awesome than watching them chicks act like chickens ... sexy chickens -.-

      • Tyler

        First off there is a thing called mute, and second if they added cards you wouldn't need to watch.

  • Muhammad Zohaib Rizwani

    Just in time for the Aisa Cup final
    T20 world Cup and the Icc Champions Trophy!

    • http://www.indiandream.org.in/ Lone Voyager

      I thought the Champions trophy was finished.

      • Swaminathan Venkatesh

        Nope, they've brought the tournament back to life in the last month's executive meet at the expense of the world test championship.

        • http://www.indiandream.org.in/ Lone Voyager

          Yes, I know that!!!!! But it isn't scheduled anytime in the the next three years and that is a looooooong time in Android world.

  • TheSparks

    Yes, Google I love you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Crispin Swickard

      Seems to take a little times for card to come up for things after its been added. You should probably be set by then.

  • Brad

    BUT ONLY IN AMERICA!

    • TheSparks

      I can add cricket teams in the UK.

      • Brad

        I was being facetious

  • Suhas Vemuri

    Indians and other common wealth countries will love this addition..

  • ddpacino

    I'm hip to cricket. I sat and watched a bunch a games a few years back. Still a mystery, but get the gist of it. As a sports lover, would love to try to play one day.

  • Phillip Jones

    I would love to see more rugby teams there as well.

    • Merri Mogridge

      I'd love for the rugby results to update in real time like the soccer ones do. For the Premier League goals will appear shortly after being scored, but for the Heineken Cup and Pro 12 the results don't appear until an hour or two after the game.

  • br_hermon

    Yeah Cleveland Indians! Go Tribe!

  • http://www.ronakg.com/ Ronak Gandhi

    Indian premier League teams are also present. Please update the article.

  • blakjakdavy

    I hope they add national football (soccer) teams soon

    • drizzl

      With the World Cup coming, I would hope they do soon.

      • bprichard

        They should do that, but I suspect they will also do a special card for the World Cup like they did for the Winter Olympics.

  • Guest

    Cricket!

  • Mayoo
    • MeCampbell30

      What movie was this from?

  • Stephen McGann

    Google now needs to learn to update me on the things that are truly important.
    Specifically my fantasy team. Get on that guys.

  • http://www.ronakg.com/ Ronak Gandhi

    It would be awesome if they'd allow adding tournaments in addition to teams.

  • whispy_snippet

    This is awesome. Just in time for Australia to reclaim the number one test spot in the world against India!

    • http://forum.xda-developers.com/member.php?u=1356962 ThilinaC

      Wasn't South Africa the number 1 yet with a big points gap?

      • whispy_snippet

        That's probably true to be honest!

  • http://about.me/jovanphilip Van

    Even though I'm not much for watching cricket, I enjoy reading about it. This is a most welcome addition in my book.

  • lljktechnogeek

    As an American, all I know about cricket is that it led to John Oliver pissing off an entire continent.

  • My name is….

    Cricket is even more lame than baseball.

    They need to add more football (and as i aint American, yall know what i mean)

  • bimsebasse

    "Americans Still Baffled By Cricket"

    Americans + everyone not formerly part of the 19th century British empire.

    • wickets

      and who would that be??? LOLOL

      • trickytree1984

        Exactly, which is why it is one of the world's most widely played sports. That and 1 billion Indians love it

    • trickytree1984

      Wasn't it invented in the 18th century? Wasn't most if north America under the British Empire in the 18th century?

      • bimsebasse

        19th, not 18th century. If you look at a map of the British empire as it was in the latter half of 19th century, you're basically looking at a map of where cricket is popular today. I'm not dissing cricket, just pointing out how the spread and popularity of the sport is tied to colonial rule, which goes a long way to explain why cricket isn't popular in e.g. the far East, Russia, continental Europe, NW Africa and South America.

        • trickytree1984

          I do agree about the popularity aspect of you comment, but....

          "Cricket was first played in southern England in the 16th century. By the end of the 18th century, it had developed to be the national sport of England. The expansion of the British Empire led to cricket being played overseas and by the mid-19th century the first international match was held. ICC, the game's governing body, has 10 full members.[2] The game is most popular in Australasia, England, the Indian subcontinent, the West Indies and Southern Africa."

          • bimsebasse

            All those places listed were partly or fully under British colonial rule in the 19th century. The quote merely confirms what I've been saying (a trivial historical point it is too, to be honest).

          • trickytree1984

            "19th, not 18th century"

            Incorrect

        • Matt

          Except for Canada.

  • HappyWarrior

    Excellent news for this die-hard West Indies cricket fan.

  • primalxconvoy

    Considering Baseball is a derivative of Cricket, and that cricket is the most widely played team game in the world after football (the support where one kicks a call with a foot), I'd say that yes, it's pretty big news.

    Baseball and most American sports are tiny, globally, by comparison.

    • jesuguru

      How do you kick a "call" with your foot? Which "support" is that?

      AP's post was tongue-in-cheek, they know it's big news. Yours was pure condescension, by comparison.

      • trickytree1984

        You know what he meant. Quite obviously a typo. Your post is pure condescension.

        • jesuguru

          Well quite obviously, I was responding in kind. Difference being I can admit it unlike him (or you).

          • trickytree1984

            I admit, I was responding in kind. There you go smart arse

  • trickytree1984

    Avid Android Central fan from England here. Rather miffed with you right now. How about mentioning England as a major supporter of the sport? We invented it after all, along with most worldwide popular sports

    • Guillaume

      You weren't even born. What's with the "we"?

      • trickytree1984

        I'm English. Therefore I can refer to myself as part of that collective. Hence "we"

    • silicobat

      haha, these guys also know about the recent thrashing .

  • Jason Bell

    I once worked with a guy from India who tried to explain cricket to us. He brought in a vhs tape of a match between India and Pakistan. We watched it, with his commentary, for about 3 hours. The only thing I got out of the experience was that he really hated Pakistan.

    Anyway, cool of Google to add something new. Now they need to start including UEFA Europa League and WFTDA.

    • Hrishikesh Bisen

      Yes...It's true

  • Gabriel Hellsing

    Points for using a picture from Shaun of the Dead.

    • Alex

      I was getting annoyed that no one was mentioning it, thank you.

  • Grace

    Finally!!

  • http://www.thedigipedia.com/ Naman Agrawal

    Hey Android Police that's not true. IPL teams are present in Google Now.

  • Roh_Mish

    I am an Indian who lives in India and cricket is very popular here, but I still never played it or understand it. (I hate it actually). But for those who like it, that is a good news.

  • Himanshu Sharma

    Finally i have a reason to turn on Google Now. Indian clevelands was the closest i got to my team ( which is Indian cricket team ; ))

  • himanshu

    great!!

  • Captain Xperia

    hurrrraaahhh!!!!!!

  • naturalblue

    just happy that google keeps adding more and more stuff to google now. still a far way from replacing a lot of the apps i have to install, but i like the direction it's going

  • manishv

    love this update. especially for indians

  • Mike Bartlett

    India, Australia, South Africa, Pakistan and several other countries!!! Er, who invented the f*cking sport? Ok, given the recent ashes series (look it up if you're a septic) we are crap at it just now but we exported it to the world....

  • Lalit Mali

    This was my most wanted feature from Google Now! It will finally show me something more useful than just weather!

  • segag

    Freaking awesome!!!!!!!

  • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

    Still no AFL, no love for Australia :(

  • MD Golam Rabbani

    No one can ignore 150 crow peoples and a great business.

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