BCB to hire a psychologist for cricketers
Published: 09:25 PM, 28 May 2022
In Bangladesh cricket, from 2016 to 2018, the condition of the Bangladesh national cricket team was like a “boat sank after coming ashore”. Getting lost to winning matches at this time seemed to be the daily routine for the Tigers. The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) was forced to appoint a psychologist to get rid of such a situation.
The BCB appointed psychologist Ali Azad Khan for a few days before the Tigers’ visit to Zimbabwe in October 2018. Bangladesh team also got success by appointing a psychologist part-time. Earlier, Indian psychologist Soumendra Saha had worked with Shakib and Tamim before the 2011 World Cup.
Hathurusingha who coached the Tigers also worked with Phil Jones, an Australian psychologist. After that, there was no need for anything like that. However, the current situation seems to be getting worse by the day.
The Bangladesh team led by Mominul Haque had to leave the field with a draw or a loss in the end despite creating all the chances of winning both the Test matches against Sri Lanka at home recently. In such a situation, BCB is thinking of hiring a psychologist again.
Regarding the appointment of a psychologist at the end of the Dhaka Test, BCB chief Nazmul Hasan Papon said, “We must work with psychologists. We have already fixed it. It is already planned.”
Referring to the fitness and mental fatigue of the players, Papon added, “Many players seem to feel tired. They played well in the beginning. If they played well for 3 days in the second test, then why can’t they win? The people are the same, the technique is the same, the skill is the same, the same training has been given - then why can’t they win at this time? Definitely the possibility of something emotional. There is a lack of mindset in the test.”
Earlier, at the end of the fourth day of the Dhaka Test, Shakib Al Hasan mentioned that the players of the team were “mentally tired”. “Physically, we are much more fit. We are afraid of failing. we think the result will be bad. If you think the opposite, maybe something better can come.”