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Sambit Bal is an Indian journalist who was born and brought up in Bhubaneswar. He spent 15 years in mainstream journalism working in some of India's leading publishing houses before joining Wisden in 2001. He was the first editor of Wisden Asia Cricket and the Asian editor of wisden.com. In 2003, wisden.com acquired Cricinfo and the sites merged. Bal became the editor of Cricinfo in 2004. In 2007, Cricinfo was bought by ESPN. He is also the founder editor of Cricinfo Magazine, which appeared for the first time in January 2006. Before joining Wisden, he edited Gentleman, a monthly features magazine published from Mumbai. He lives in Mumbai with his wife Seema and children Sarthak and Shreya.