BCB provides priority guideline on physical and mental fitness for cricketers
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) in an effort to keep cricketers fit while under lock down or isolation due to the COVID-19 situation, has designed a guideline for maintaining a basic level of fitness and conditioning as well as mental health.
All cricketing activities remain suspended in the country including domestic tournaments and preparation camps.
The BCB is mindful of the challenges the cricketers will face when they return to the field and the guideline has been prepared as a priority. The exercise instructions from the BCB’s Head of Physical Performance Nick Lee are easy to follow at home even if someone does not have access to fitness equipment or a gym.
The National Team players have been given a specialized program. A general guideline and day by day work-out plan is available to all cricketers through the Board’s official digital platforms. A sudden return to cricket after a prolonged lay off raises risks of injury. That is why the Board expects the players to make the best use of this initiative.
However, emphasis has been placed on meditation and prayer in accordance with players’ religions. In addition to reading books, they have been asked to in their favorite work. Medical staff of BCB have also emphasized on knee-elbow exercises, planks, back extensions, squats, bridges, chair dips etc. All these exercises can be done at home.
In addition to nutritious meals, talking to friends over phone or video call, staying away from social media and restricting the use of devices to avoid panic, the BCB recommends.
The Board also acknowledges the need for mental support during these difficult times. Accordingly, the BCB medical team has developed a Mental Health document for the players which is also accessible on the BCB’s official website and facebook page.