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CAB conducts Webinar on Sports Psychology
for Bengal Women Cricketers

9th May 2020
The latest addition to the Cricket Association of Bengal's initiatives to build a constructive system for Women's cricket is making sure all players have positive mindset amid the countrywide lockdown through webinar, which was conducted by Dr. Reena Kaul, Sr. Scientific Officer (Sport Psychology), Sports Authority of India (SAI)
The CAB President Avishek Dalmiya said: "One has to understand that it is a tough situation to be in though we know that this time is temporary and shall pass too. Constant communication is the key. We are also trying to maintain some semblance of structure from pre-quarantine days."
"Sticking to such a structure and routine would keep the players active and it would make it easier for them to read just once things get normalised. Just asking them to stay positive would not suffice. Hence, we are taking appropriate steps to ensure that. While we had already started online training programmes to keep them fit physically, now we have engaged a senior sports psychologist to enable the players to stay mentally fit as well," he added about the core idea behind the seminar.
CAB Secretary Snehasish Ganguly told CAB Media about the concept behind all the initiatives in the current situation: "These are dark days we were not prepared for. We had never thought that our players will have to be sitting indoors at the peak of the season. So in keeping with times we are doing a series of online classes and webinars to keep the players connected, motivated and most importantly make them feel that this is just temporary and we will soon return."
"Today the classes were very fruitful and the players could connect with the experts. This will help them I'm sure in keeping their chin up and mind focussed. The best way I feel to keep indivually fresh and motivated is to do physical exercise. Train hard and be fit prepare for next season. A fit body gives a fit mind," he added about today's session.
A webinar on how to remain stress free, physical fitness and positive mindset for Women's U23, U19 players was conducted today. Bengal manager- cricket operations Joydeep Mukherjee, Women's U19 coach Priyanka Roy, Arpita Ghosh- Assistant coach U19, Manoshi Parui- Trainer U19, Moulima Patra- Physio U19 and Selector Sujata Sinha were also present alongside the players.
Priyanka Roy stated that, “This was a vey useful session, was interactive too. Girls asked questions about how to keep a positive mind at different situations during game and never lose the focus."
After the conclusion of the seminar Dr. Kaul said, ”For physical fitness have told them to add yoga and pranayam with their regular exercise schedule and for mental health my advices were- relaxation exercise, meditation, positive self affirmation, staying away from negativity. Another important thing is to be in touch with the players and coach as now you can't go out and play. It was a very good interactive session."
She also said that Setting personal goals, reading and watching favourite players will help the players to be in touch with the game. Standing at this difficult time, her main advise to the players was to stay postive and confident about themselves.
"This webinar was much needed to keep the players away from the stress and negative mindset at this hard time. How to stay positive, how to focus on performing better were the main topics. All these initiatives are much needed to build a complete player with a proper mindset and necessary diet plan," said Gargi Banerjee, Apex Council Member about the need of this kind of initiatives.
The CAB also kept an eye peeled on proper diet for the players with the help of sports dietitians and will be conducting online sessions very shortly.
Mithu Mukherjee, Benevolent committee member for the Women's cricket said: "I applaud the step taken by CAB and its President for the betterment of the Women's cricket. All these initiatives are necessary for the development. Keeping players positive and strong amid this difficult time is our aim for now to build a better future."
For the record, Dr. Kaul has been associated with SAI for over 25 years and has been associated with various National Sports Teams like women’s hockey, women’s weightlifting, Men and women boxing, athletics, judo, archery, wrestling, table tennis, gymnastics etc, at SAI, NIS Patiala and Kolkata.
She was the team psychologist for 2004 SAF games and been involved in imparting sport psychology classes to students of Masters in Sports.
“We would also like to thank SAI for this initiative. Furthermore, we would be looking forward to have such meaningful tie ups and collaborations with SAI in the days ahead”, Avishek concluded.

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