PCB Backs Misbah despite failure in PSL 202023 March 2020 / SkyBook365 Cricket Editors Team
Islamabad crashed out without reaching the knockout stages for the 1st time.
Australian cricket is facing up to the reality of mental health struggles faced by its players and staff. At the start of a summer in which Glenn Maxwell, Nic Maddinson and Will Pucovski have all stepped away from the game for varying reasons that underline the complexity of the area. Glenn Maxwell seemed to be on top of his game, hitting boundaries for fun and running out batsmen while being mic'd up. Nic Maddinson had just made a spectacular return with the bat after overcoming his mental demons a couple of years back. Poor Will Pucovski, for the second time in the year, suffered from a relapse on the cusp of a potential Test debut. And thousands of miles away, Virat Kohli revealed that the difficult 2014 tour of England had left him with an "end-of-the-world" feeling. Australia's leading players and the coach Justin Langer spoke frankly and forthrightly on some of the struggles they face, the help that is available, the ways in which things can still improve, and some advice to younger players about how to manage their lives for better mental health outcomes in the game.
Australian players currently have the option of reporting mental health problems or spiraling feelings via the wellness apps used to track their physical and mental wellbeing but are also able to discuss their state of mind with coaches, medical staff and team psychologists. Australian Cricket Board, coaches, medical staff and team psychologist all are trying to help the players who are going through this issue. Coach Justin Langer said, “I've learned a lot over however long I've been coaching. I'm dealing with young men all the time, so hopefully, I've got a pretty good feel for how guys are going. But it's a complex issue - it's like a concussion.” He added, “We work out how guys can return to play, whether it's in the shorter term or in the longer term.” Langer said one of the players that, at the end of the day the health of players and the wellbeing is much more important to them than another game of cricket.
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