New Delhi, Apr 5 (PTI) The following are the top stories at 1715 hours: STORIES ON THE WIRE: SPO-CRI-IPL-SWOT-PUNJABKINGS IPL build-up: Pace concerns addressed but do Punjab Kings have same depth in spin department? By Bharat Sharma New Delhi, Apr 5 (PTI) With a new name and a stronger squad, Punjab Kings will be hoping for a change of fortunes this season after spending big money on addressing their death bowling concerns and beefing up a not-so-inspiring middle-order.
SPO-CRI-BCCI-ACU Former Gujarat DGP appointed new BCCI ACU chief New Delhi, Apr 5 (PTI) Former Gujarat DGP Shabir Hussein Shekhadam Khandwawala has taken over from Ajit Singh as the head of the BCCI's Anti-Corruption Unit.
SPO-CRI-BROADCASTING-INTERVIEW-GUPTA Research on use of AI could help in upgrading replay quality: Star (Sports) head Sanjog Gupta By Kushan Sarkar New Delhi, Apr 5 (PTI) Cricket coverage in the coming days could feature extensive use of Artificial Intelligence (AI), which would enhance the quality of replays and make decision making a lot more easier for umpires, says Sanjog Gupta, head of Sports, Star and Disney India.
SPO-CRI-BCCI-ACU-INTERVIEW Betting can lead to match-fixing, govt has done right by not legalising it yet: New BCCI ACU boss By Bharat Sharma New Delhi, Apr 5 (PTI) The BCCI's new Anti-Corruption Unit chief Shabir Hussein Shekhadam Khandwawala doesn't want betting to be legalised in India as it 'encourages' match-fixing and feels his biggest challenge will be stamping out 'shady activities' from smaller leagues.
SPO-CRI-FAKHAR-LD RUNOUT (CORRECTED) Fakhar Zaman run-out: MCC says it's up to umpires to decide if de Kock was at fault (Eds: Fixes a typo in intro) London, Apr 5 (PTI) Pakistan's Fakhar Zaman's contentious run-out in the second ODI against South Africa has sparked a debate on spirit of the game with Marylebone Cricket Club saying it was 'up to the umpires to decide' if Quinton de Kock had attempted to mislead the batsman.
SPO-CRI-IPL-DC-PONTING-SHAW He doesn't bat in nets when he's not scoring, Ponting recalls Prithvi Shaw's 'interesting' training habits Mumbai, Apr 5 (PTI) Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting has revealed that Prithvi Shaw refused to bat in the nets when he hit a bad patch in the last IPL and hoped that the highly-rated Indian youngster has changed his training habits 'for the better' ahead of the upcoming edition.
SPO-CRI-PSL-PCB-REPORT PSL 6 bio-bubble was broken and compromised on several occasions: PCB Karachi, Apr 5 (PTI) An independent fact finding committee of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has confirmed that the bio-bubble set up for the PSL 6 was broken and compromised on several occasions.
SPO-HOCK-PHF-IND-BILATERAL Pakistan hockey officials keen on revival of bilateral ties against India Karachi, Apr 5 (PTI) Top officials of the cash-strapped Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) will push for revival of bilateral ties against India during the 47th FIH Congress in New Delhi next month.
SPO-GOLF-TEXAS-LAHIRI Lahiri grabs first Top-5 since 2017 at Texas; Spieth wins after more than 3 years San Antonio (USA), Apr 5 (PTI) Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri notched up his best finish in over three years by signing off fifth at the Valero Texas Open after carding a three-under 69 in the final round here.
SPO-GOLF-ADITI Aditi finishes T-67th at 2021 ANA Inspiration Rancho Mirage (California), Apr 5 (PTI) Indian golfer Aditi Ashok shot an even par 72 in the final round for a tame Tied 67th place finish at the 2021 ANA Inspiration, the first of the five women's Majors each year, here.
SPO-BAD-VIRUS-CANCELLATION Russian Open and Indonesia Masters cancelled due to COVID-19 New Delhi, Apr 5 (PTI) Two Super 100 badminton tournaments –- the Russian Open 2021 and Indonesia Masters -- have been cancelled due to COVID-19 related restrictions, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) said on Monday. PTI AH