Bangladeshi-origin Canadian psychologist Ali Azhar Khan on Thursday said that the fear of losing position and failure of meeting the expectations made the young players underperformed and psychosocially damaged.
Azhar came up with the observation after he conducted his second session with the national players at the National Cricket Academy as part of his week-long endeavour.
‘Some interference drained their performances. Our main goal here was to identify them...Many of the junior players mentioned about the stress of dropping out from the side. They could not focus on the game because of that. It’s very common interference,’ Azhar told reporters in Mirpur.
‘Secondly, team has some expectations on him. Being unable to meet up this is also a kind of interference. We have the potentials but because of this interference performance is being drained.
‘We are emphasising on the theories again and again and trying to find out the technics to overcome from these situations. When we will do this they will be able to execute it in matches,’ he added.
Azhar, who previously worked with Bangladesh in 2014, was highly impressed with the current level of confidence of the Bangladeshi players, who have become mentally stronger than any other time but urged for more qualities to get those nervy victories.
‘If I compare to previous year, they have changed a lot. They have so much confidence and became mentally very strong. But in close margin we can’t hold this for a long. But still coming to this level is also a matter of quality.
‘We have to practice a lot to achieve this thing. When we will do skill training, our mental muscles will develop. Till now these are the things I remembered and now we have to go to next level,’ he added.
Azhar also revealed that the senior cricketers had achieved more mental toughness than junior cricketers as they had been going through this kind of counselling for a long period.
‘I can say that senior cricketers have more confidence, belief, mental toughness, mental fitness and they are very much stronger in these aspects than the juniors. The junior players often break down in little bit tough situations as we didn’t train them in such aspects. Senior players joined many psychological sessions with me and others and also privately with me in last couple of years.
‘When junior players will take these things then they can able to achieve the things quickly. And our goal is to identify – what works and what does not for them,’ he added.
Azhar will conduct some more sessions with Bangladesh team before he finally leaves on October 23.
The Bangladeshi-origin Canadian will also conduct one-to-one session with players like Sabbir Rahman, Nasir Hossain and other discarded national cricketers, who often hit wrong headlines for their misdeeds on October 22.
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