CricInfo Website Plagiarizes ICC?

CricInfo is a well known cricket information site. It is very disheartening to note that they apparently decided to copy the content (almost verbatim) originally written by Brian Murgatroyd of ICC (International Cricket Council) - India bearing down on sides above them in LG ICC ODI Championship without any attribution.

CricInfo article is titled Indians climb the rungs in ODI rankings. They pass it off as written by “Cricinfo staff” without providing any attribution whatsoever to Brian Murgatroyd or ICC.

Let’s look at the text of both the articles for comparison:

Here is the first four paragraphs of the article by Brian Murgatroyd of ICC:

India’s crushing 6-1 success in their ODI series against Sri Lanka has left Rahul Dravid’s men within touching distance of a host of sides above them in the LG ICC ODI Championship.

The wins have lifted India’s rating to 107 points, just 1 point behind sixth-placed New Zealand and only two behind Sri Lanka and England, which occupy fourth and fifth spots on the table respectively.

A clean sweep of their next engagement, a five-match series against South Africa starting in Hyderabad on Wednesday 16 November, would lift them to 114 points overtaking all the above mentioned sides plus the Proteas (who would slip to110 points), and into third place with only Pakistan and Australia ahead of them.

A 4-1 success for India in that series would raise their rating to 112 points and cut South Africa’s to 113, while even a 3-2 success for the home team would take them above New Zealand, England and Sri Lanka, to 110 points (South Africa would drop to 117).

Here is the first four paragraphs of the article from CricInfo allegedly written by “Cricinfo Staff”:

India’s crushing 6-1 success in their ODI series against Sri Lanka has brought them to within touching distance of a host of sides ranked above them in the LG ICC ODI Championship.

The wins have lifted India’s rating to 107 points, just one behind sixth-placed New Zealand and only two behind Sri Lanka and England, which occupy fourth and fifth spots on the table.

A clean sweep in their next engagement, a five-match series against South Africa starting at Hyderabad on November 16, will lift them to 114 points, overtaking all the above-mentioned sides plus the South Africans (who will slip to110 points), and into third place with only Pakistan and Australia ahead of them.

A 4-1 success for India in that series would raise their tally to 112 points and cut South Africa’s to 113, while even a 3-2 success for the home team would take them above New Zealand, England and Sri Lanka, to 110 points (South Africa would drop to 117).

It is pretty much identical all throughout. I will show the last four paragraphs of both for further illustration.

ICC Article (last four paragraphs):

The news is just as good for India with the ball. Irfan Pathan has moved into the top ten (10th) and they have two other bowlers, Harbhajan Singh (13th) and Ajit Agarkar (16th), in the top 20 with Agarkar also closing in on his best-ever rating.

For Sri Lanka, the news is not quite as good. They now have just one batsman, Kumar Sangakkara (8th), in the top ten with Marvan Atapattu sliding nine places during the series to 18th while Sanath Jayasuriya, dropped from the Test squad, has also dropped out of the top 20 and is now 23rd in the batting listings.

Mahela Jayawardene is holding at number 30 but one ray of light is the return to the top 50 of Russel Arnold, who has moved up to number 49.

Among the bowlers, Muttiah Muralidaran is still in third spot but Chaminda Vaas has dropped to ninth in the listings.

CricInfo article (last four paragraphs):

The news is just as good for India with the ball. Irfan Pathan has moved up to tenth place, and they have two other bowlers, Harbhajan Singh (13) and Ajit Agarkar (16th), in the top 20 with Agarkar also closing in on his best-ever rating.

For Sri Lanka, the news is not quite as good. They now have just one batsman, Kumar Sangakkara, in the top ten, with Marvan Atapattu sliding nine places to 18 while Sanath Jayasuriya, dropped from the Test squad, has also dropped out of the top 20 and is now 23rd in the batting listings.

Among the bowlers, Muttiah Muralitharan is still in third spot but Chaminda Vaas has dropped to ninth in the listings.

I have already contacted CricInfo, haven’t yet received any response.

Could this be something else?
On remote possibility is that Brian Murgatroyd, a cricketer, is both a staff of ICC and Cricinfo and he has decided to simultaneously publish the same article on the same day to both.

Update: CricInfo informed me that they have a article sharing arrangement with Wisden and that they maintain both the sites.

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