Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has instructed their cricketers to meditate for spiritual and mental strength to handle the psychological pressure that they are going through during this time of coronavirus pandemic.
BCB medical unit chief Debashish Chowdhury on Saturday confirmed media about circulating the nine-point guideline to the cricketers adding that they are confident that cricketers are likely to be benefitted if they follow these guidelines.Due to the coronavirus pandemic, cricket is at a halt 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 which 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 till date.
Bangladesh till Saturday afternoon has confirmed 5 deaths and 48 cases of 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.
‘'We are providing all the players some tips on the routine that they can use while staying at home because of the situation we are going through at the moment,” said Debashish.
“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 drills they will benefit,” he said.Debashish urged that cricketers 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 the news that comes from credible sources.
“At this point of time keeping your nerve under control is very important and what we have noticed is that if they believe every news that they see on TV or in the media outlets or in the online social media platform they would suffer from stress,” said Debashish.
“We are encouraging them to follow news only from authentic source like WHO or government portals so that they do not panic and take unnecessary 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 it is for them,” he concluded.