New Delhi, May 18 (PTI) The following are the top sports stories at 1705 hours: SPO-CRI-NITISH-INTERVIEW Ready for international cricket, Nitish Rana awaits 'that one call' By Nikhil Bapat Mumbai, May 18 (PTI) After creating a space for himself in both the domestic circuit and the IPL, Delhi and Kolkata Knight Riders batsman Nitish Rana feels ready for international arena, hoping to get his 'reward' when the Indian team is picked for July's tour of Sri Lanka.
SPO-CRI-LD SANDPAPERGATE Ghost of ball-tampering: Bancroft backtracks, other Aussie bowlers call for end to innuendo Sydney, May 18 (PTI) Cameron Bancroft backtracked after dropping hints of other bowlers' involvement in the 2018 ball-tampering scandal while the men in question, including top pacer Pat Cummins, claimed innocence and pleaded for an end to 'rumour-mongering and Innuendo' surrounding the incident that tarred Australia's cricketing reputation.
SPO-CRI-SANDPAPERGATE-BOWLERS Bancroft's bowling colleagues deny knowing 2018 ball-tampering plot; call for end to innuendo Sydney, May 18 (PTI) Australian bowlers, including top pacer Pat Cummins, on Tuesday asserted that they were unaware of the 2018 ball-tampering plot after being caught in a storm triggered by incident protagonist Cameron Bancroft's recent comments hinting at their involvement.
SPO-CRI-LD BANCROFT Bancroft backtracks, says no new information to offer on ball-tampering scandal Sydney, May 18 (PTI) Cameron Bancroft has informed Cricket Australia that he has no new information to give on the 2018 ball-tampering scandal after CA's offer to reinvestigate the matter, backtracking on his earlier claim that team's other bowlers could have been aware of the illegal plot.
SPO-CRI-IPL-CA-BCCI BCCI paying for quarantine of Australian IPL players in Sydney: CA Sydney, May 18 (PTI) The BCCI is footing the bill for the 14-day quarantine of Australian IPL players, who have arrived here from Maldives, Cricket Australia interim CEO Nick Hockley said on Tuesday.
SPO-CRI-DUPLESSIS-THREATS Received death threats after South Africa's 2011 World Cup exit, reveals du Plessis New Delhi, May 18 (PTI) Former South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis has revealed that he and his wife received death threats after a mix-up with AB de Villiers led to the latter's run out during their 2011 World Cup semifinal defeat to New Zealand.
SPO-CRI-IND-WOM-PRIYA India women's team cricketer Priya Punia loses mother to COVID-19 New Delhi, May 18 (PTI) India international Priya Punia, who is part of the UK-bound women's cricket squad, has lost her mother to COVID-19.
SPO-BAD-SCORING BWF members to vote on proposed five-game scoring system during AGM New Delhi, May 18 (PTI) Replacing the current three-game format with a best of five scoring system will once again be put to vote by the Badminton World Federation (NEF) during its AGM on Saturday.
SPO-FOOT-THAPA-IND With no football for two months, coach will find it difficult to pick team: Anirudh Thapa New Delhi, May 18 (PTI) India midfielder Anirudh Thapa on Tuesday said that head coach Igor Stimac will find it difficult to pick the team for the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers in Qatar as there has been very little football in the last two months.
SPO-CRI-BCCI-VEDA Bereaved Veda thanks BCCI, Jay Shah for extending support New Delhi, May 18 (PTI) The bereaved Veda Krishnamurthy on Tuesday thanked the BCCI and its secretary Jay Shah for reaching out to her following the twin tragedies in her family, days after the board faced some sharp criticism from former Australian captain Lisa Sthalekar.
SPO-FOOT-IND-DHEERAJ National team call-up inspired me ahead of AFC Champions League: Dheeraj Singh New Delhi, May 18 (PTI) The talented Dheeraj Singh says being called for the Indian football team camp, which gave him an opportunity to train with the country's top goalkeepers, acted as huge motivation prior to his brilliant showing for FC Goa in the AFC Champions League.
SPO-HOCK-GURINDER-IND Good coordination one of the key factors for our recent success, says defender Gurinder Bengaluru, May 18 (PTI) Defender Gurinder Singh has attributed the Indian men's hockey team's success on recent tours to good coordination among the players.
SPO-CRI-TAMPERING-BROAD-WARNER Will be interesting if Warner writes book on ball-tampering scandal after retirement: Broad London, May 18 (PTI) England pacer Stuart Broad feels Australian cricket would be in for an 'interesting time' if David Warner ever decides to write a book and open up about the 2018 ball-tampering scandal that led to him being barred from national captaincy for life.
SPO-CRI-BROAD I understand I can't play every Test but communication should be clear: Broad London, May 18 (PTI) Stuart Broad is loathe to the idea of missing a Test but the seasoned England pacer doesn't mind being 'rested' sometimes either as long as the communication is clear, something, which he believes, did not happen when Ed Smith was national selector.
SPO-CRI-IPL-VIRUS-SEIFERT Tim Seifert tests negative for COVID-19, on way back home: NZ coach Stead Christchurch, May 18 (PTI) New Zealand wicket-keeper batsman Tim Seifert, who contracted COVID-19 during the currently-suspended IPL in India, has tested negative for the infection now and is on his way back home, his national coach Gary Stead has revealed.
SPO-CRI-VIRUS-SAHA Wriddhiman Saha recovers from COVID, to be available for tour of England New Delhi, May 18 (PTI) Wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha has recovered from COVID-19 and will be available for India's tour of England next month.
SPO-CRI-WTC-WILLIAMSON Fantastic challenge to play against India: Williamson on WTC final London, May 18 (PTI) New Zealand captain Kane Williamson is excited to face India in the World Test Championships (WTC) final next month as he considers showdowns against Virat Kohli's men to be a 'fantastic challenge'. PTI APA APA