Former Pakistani cricketer Wasim Akram has emphasized to ensure the mental health of the Pakistani cricketers who are going through difficult isolation and quarantine restrictions due to coronavirus in various countries where the Shaheens have traveled to play cricket.
Former Pakistan cricket team’s captain said on Tuesday while speaking to media that,
“It is imperative to look after players’ mental well-being in this scenario in order to keep them positive and motivated in the game. There’s a serious need to have a regular psychologist with teams when they travel to new environments,” he underscored.
“I’m sure seniors like Waqar Younis and Misbah would have spoken to players in New Zealand to keep them motivated during isolation period,” Akram added.
It should be mentioned here that Pakistan cricket squad members were in strict isolation for straight two weeks in New Zealand before being released on Tuesday.
Moreover, two England cricketers have recently pulled out of Bash League in Australia complaining of biosecure bubble fatigue.
“It’s never easy for anyone from one isolation to another. I think there should be a uniform policy worldwide and ICC should talk to governments in this regard,” he said.
Wasim Akram has also highlighted that the way New Zealand is playing against West Indies is an indication of what’s waiting for the Pakistan cricket team.
“They are in good form and have an upper hand against West Indies. The visitors have been outclassed in all departments so far. So, it’s going to be a tough series for Pakistan,” Wasim said.
“In T20s, Pakistan still has a chance but it will be very tough in the Test series. Our boys will have to play positively and work hard on bowling with line and lengths,” the former captain said.