The Bangladesh Cricket Board instructed their cricketers to follow meditation for spiritual and mental strength to handle the psychological pressure that they are going through during this time of crisis for coronavirus pandemic.
BCB medical unit chief Debashis Chowdhury on Saturday told Cricfrenzy regarding circulating the nine-point guideline to the cricketers adding that they
are confident that cricketers are likely to be benefitted if they follow most of points given in the guideline. Due to the coronavirus pandemic there is no cricket across the world and Bangladesh is no exception with BCB deciding to postpone all their activities until further notice.
Players are asked to stay at home during this time of crisis for the coronavirus pandemic that according to worldometer has infected 597,267 people and claimed the lives of 27,370
people while 133,373 infected people have also recovered across the world. Bangladesh till Saturday afternoon has confirmed five deaths and 48 cases from Covid-19 while four more patients have recovered from the novel coronavirus which meant that a total of 15 patients have recovered so far in the country.
“Today [Saturday] we have circulated a guide line for the mental health of the cricketers,” said Debashis. “We are providing all the players tips on the routine that they can have staying at home because of the situation we are going through at the moment,” he said.
“Our first advice is that they should set a new routine which should involve exercise, diet advice for better immunity, meditation for mental and spiritual strength,” he said. “There are a total of around nine points in the guideline and if the cricketers follow those routines they will find benefit from it,” he said.
Debashis urged that cricketers that they should not panic after watching or going through every news that they see on the media portals, TV, or in the social media platform and only follow news that comes from credible sources.
“At this point of time keeping your nerve under control is very important and what we have notices is that if they believe every news that they see on the TV or in the media outlets or in the social platform they would be distressed,” said Debashis.
“We are encouraging them to follow news only from authentic source like WHO or government portals so that they do not panic and take mental stress because not every news that you see on social media and other places are authentic,” he said adding that they are aware that they don’t have a monitoring system but insisted it will be better if the cricketers follow the guidelines in this time of distress.
“We do not have a mechanism to monitor if the cricketers are following these tips or not. Everyone is at their home and we also understand that not everyone will be able to follow everything that is mentioned but the more they follow the better for them,” he concluded.