Bangladesh coach Russell Domingo wishes that their players be more vocal to open up about their mental health conditions.
Aside from focusing on the physical condition of their players, Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo also wants to prioritize the mental health of their players. In fact, Domingo insisted that he is ready to give his players the freedom to express mental fatigue. In that case, they would not face the same scenario when England’s Marcus Trescothick and Australia’s Glenn Maxwell admitted that they had some mental health issues.
As per Domingo, ‘Regarding mental fatigue, I think it's something players need to be honest and open about. Not all players will be comfortable to talk about those aspects, but we want to create an environment wherein our team, our players can openly talk about how they are feeling and whether they need a break, and whether it's mental or physical, we have got to respect that because it's an important aspect to the game’.
The importance of mental health has also been made clear by Bangladesh-born Canadian sports psychologist Ali Khan. Following Domingo’s statement, Khan explained that mental fatigue causes a player to experience exhaustion, lack of motivation, boredom, difficulty in concentrating, and the like. With an affected brain, the body becomes less efficient to perform what it’s supposed to do. As a result, a player, in this scenario, will be less productive and unmotivated to practice or play.
By putting mental health as a priority, the BCB may ensure that their players in the national team and on the Bangladesh Premier League are all in their best conditions when they play. To learn more about the Bangladesh Premier League, check out Betwala.
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