Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has planned to hold a string of virtual training sessions with the psychologists to maintain the mental health of the cricketers of the Under-19 team and women’s team like the national team’s players.
BCB Chief Physician Dr Debashis Chowdhury made the revelation to Cricfrenzy.com while talking about the next procedure of the medical department for the uprising players of the men and female Under-19 cricket teams.
As all the cricketers are going through a tough period both mentally and physically without any cricket for around four-month long break because of the coronavirus pandemic, though they have done indoor practice staying at home, Dr Chowdhury said they should do such a thing which would be beneficial for them.
The cricketers had almost nothing to do outdoors for which BCB has planned to hold a session to have the players mentally stable amid the tricky situation.
“For now, we’re thinking of a professional psychologist to give mentally support to the women’s and under-19 cricketers,” Dr Debashis Chowdhury said.
“All will be arranged when the matter is finalized in our Saturday meeting. I have heard that the chairman of the women's department is also positive about this,” Debashis told the country’s one of the leading web portals.
Chowdhury also said that they have already contacted Bangladesh-origin Canadian psychologist Ali Azhar Khan who has worked with the national cricketers about mental health issues on two occasions in the past.
For now, BCB is planning to organize five virtual sessions with Ali Khan with the U-19 team and women’s team. There will be 25 cricketers currently in each psychology class.
The BCB’s Games Development Department is also positive about psychologists. While it was contracted with BCB Games Development, its senior national Manager Abu Emam Mohammad (AEM) Kawser echoed the same vibe.
“Yes, we’re thinking positively of holding a string of virtual sessions with the psychologist for our players’ mental development. We know all it’s been four months for the coronavirus pandemic. They surely have blown due to this,” AEM Kawser said.
“We want to take this initiative to support the cricketers mentally. The medical department is working on it,” Kawsar added.