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BCB to appoint Psychiatrist for cricketers


Cricket is often termed as the ‘mind game’. It’s more important to keep balance of emotional thought than fighting the opponent. A congenial period is going on in cricket arena. Cricketers have been suffering from depression for a long time. Keeping this in mind, the Bangladesh Cricket Board is arranging psychologists for the players.

Bangladesh cricket has been completely closed since March 16. Domestic cricket has also been suspended along with international cricket. Players living under house arrest for about 4 months. Although, many players started practicing on their own initiative but suffering from mental depression. Although Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim have been able to adapt, young and women cricketers are suffering the most.

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BCB is taking consideration to go in psychological support with such thoughts. Azhar Ali Khan, a psychologist living in Canada, will work with Tiger cricketers for a few sessions if the green signal is given. Debashish Chowdhury, chief physician of the BCB, said,

“Psychologists can start work only if the CEO of Game Development, Women’s Department and the BCB give the green signal. We’ve already talked to psychologists.I think cricketers can suffer from various mental anxieties while staying at home for a very long time. Many may break down. Especially young and women cricketers. So I want to start with them.”

Shafiul Alam Chowdhury Nadel, chairman of the women’s section of the board, said 25 cricketers from the women’s team would take part in the online session. Our women’s team has less chances to play. Now the environment is also different. If all goes well, the psychologist will take classes in two sessions next week to boost the women’s team.

Abu Enam Mohammad Kaiser, BCB’s game development manager, said:

“They have been under house arrest for 5 months. They are inexperienced young people. Their emotional support is very important. That’s why psychologists are thinking of sessions.”

“If all goes well, they will get mental strength from psychology classes. If the situation is good, the morale to get on the field will be good. If someone is exhausted, it will go away. Maybe the psychologist will start classes next week. There will be a few sessions. At the beginning, there will be seniors from the under-19 team, ”he added.

However, there is no obligation for national team cricketers to attend psychology sessions, said Akram Khan, chairman of the cricket management department. In this case, we will leave the matter to the will of the national team cricketers. ‘

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