This June 1, 2017 Google Doodle marks the start of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 cricket tournament.
By Kevin Lui
June 1, 2017

The first match of the International Cricket Council’s ICC Champions Trophy 2017 will be played Thursday in London, and Google Doodle is marking the occasion with an interactive game — in which cartoon crickets (what else?) compete for glory.

Simply click on the Doodle to start the game, in which a cartoon cricket stands ready to bat at the player’s command. As part of Google’s ongoing effort to make services friendlier for slower network speeds in emerging countries — a few of which, like India and Pakistan, are home to huge numbers of cricket fans — the company has made sure the game doesn’t take up too much data or bandwidth.

“We kept the file size fly-sized, and the result is our smallest interactive Doodle ever,” Google said. “Even snail networks can load it in seconds.”

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