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In Case You Missed It: Corruption, tampering and mental health in focus

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Mohammed Shami, Mayank Agarwal and Virat Kohli share a light moment, India v Bangladesh, 1st Test, Indore, 3rd day, November 16, 2019

Squad goals: India go into the pink-ball Test this week with a strong batting lineup and the best-ever bowling attack  •  BCCI

India will take on Bangladesh in the first day-night Test in the country, this week, tickets for which have apparently already sold out. India go into the match on the back of a huge win over Bangladesh in the first game, but will the pink ball test India's bowlers? Elsewhere, whispers of corruption in the CPL have surfaced, Sri Lanka are making corruption in cricket punishable by law, and Nicholas Pooran's busy fingers have landed him in trouble in the series against Afghanistan. Here are the big stories from last week.
Mohammed Shami caps seamers' show as India win big
The pacers took seven Bangladesh wickets before Cheteshwar Pujara and Mayank Agarwal extended India's domination. How does Virat Kohli's Test bowling attack compare with the best ever? S Rajesh looks at the numbers.
Sri Lanka passes bill criminalising match-fixing
Sri Lanka has become the first South Asian country to criminalise several offences related to match-fixing and corruption in sports, and offences will carry a prison term of up to ten years, as well as various fines.
Nicholas Pooran banned for four T20Is for ball-tampering
Video footage in West Indies' third ODI against Afghanistan showed him using his thumbnail to scratch the ball. Pooran admitted to the charge and is now sitting out of the three-match T20I series with Afghanistan.
Four officials from a CPL franchise pulled up by anti-corruption officers
One of them, thought to be either part of or close to the ownership structure, was the main focus of a report made by a player. Sources say that the player believed he was being groomed as someone who could eventually be approached to carry out corrupt activities, which is what led him to reporting him to the anti-corruption authorities.
'Shows incredible courage to talk about mental health'
In the last two weeks, three Australian cricketers - Glenn Maxwell, Will Pucovski and Nic Maddinson - have stepped away from the sport to deal with mental health issues. Cricket Australia's head of sports science, Alex Kountouris, spoke to Daniel Brettig about how mental health is being addressed, breaking down stigmas and how players can seek help. Virat Kohli too weighed in on Maxwell's decision, saying he has 'set the right example for cricketers around the world'.
Where do the eight IPL franchises stand before the 2020 auction?
Ahead of next month's IPL auction for the 2020 season, franchises have released 71 players into the pool. What do their squads look like currently and how much money do each of them have in their purse? Here are all the details.
Mickey Arthur: What Pakistan must do to win in Australia
Pakistan have never won a Test series in Australia, but could they turn their fortunes around now? Andrew McGlashan spoke to the former Pakistan coach - and possibly the next Sri Lanka coach - who expects the top six to score heavily, but is concerned by the inexperience in the pace department.
Watch: 2019: South African cricket's annus horribilis
Defeats on the field, retirements of major players, a board that's faltering on almost all fronts - and that's not all. Firdose Moonda has the rundown on South Africa's blighted 2019.
How it feels to watch footage of the epic West Indies-Pakistan 1987-88 series today
A video highlights clip of the final day of the Barbados Test came to light recently. Is this a good thing? Osman Samiuddin finds out.
'You need to understand people before you can understand what they deliver'
Former spinner Robin Peterson speaks to Firdose Moonda on his new role as a franchise coach and what the transitioning South African squad needs to do to make up for its lack of experience
Who recently became only the tenth man in history to bat on all five days of a Test?
And which Australian cricketer was the target of the infamous "can't bowl, can't throw" sledge? Pit your wits against this month's TCM quiz.
High Fives: Things about cricket you enjoy when no one's looking
Deivarayan Muthu lists his guilty pleasures in cricket.