‘Bangladesh improved in terms of focus, confidence and belief’
Bangladesh-born Canadian sports psychologist Ali Khan recently took the charge of Bangladesh national team for a week long session with cricketers. He had earlier been with the national team during 2014 season.
In an interview with Cricbuzz, Ali Khan figured the length of improvement since the period he was earlier deployed.
Ali Khan said,
“There’s been a lot of improvement. They used to break down in difficult situations in the past. But now, I’m not going to say that even if they are mentally not a hundred percent, they’ve improved in terms of focus, confidence, and belief.”
Ali Khan denied that Bangladesh has been choking all the time they lost in big games like the final.
“I won’t say that they are choking all the time. The teams they are playing against are also very strong. So, it’s not all psychological. There can be technical, strategic or other factors involved. If you’re choking all the time, you cannot be so close,” he said.
Ali Khan pointed to the terms how exactly things can be changed for better improvement.
“If you fail for a few times, the brain gets the pattern for failing more. The teams that were extremely strong – mentally, physically, and skill wise, they normally can go the beyond the momentum. That requires so much mental toughness. That requires strategies, not just confidence or motivation. You need some tools and strategies to turn around. And that’s what I am teaching them this time,” he said.
Ali Khan said it is important to deal with criticism in the course of one’s career, “you have to learn to overlook because you cannot make everyone happy. As long as you know that you tried, gave your best and did the right thing, you’ve to learn to forgive and forget if the criticism is still coming,” he said.