Bangladesh Test captain Mominul Haque says mental fitness is also important for cricketers to stay strong during this coronavirus pandemic.
Like other cricketers, Mominul is also passing time at home. He has been working on his fitness since cricket matches have been on hold after March this year.
In a recent interaction with ESPNcricinfo, Mominul said that along with fitness training to keep themselves fit to play at any time, mental health is also important for cricketers. He believes mental fitness gives an athlete the confidence to start well once the game resumes.
“When you are locked at the home for two-three months, it is important to keep mental fitness well. I think you can hold on to your fitness by working out for five or six days, but being mentally strong is the most important factor,” Mominul said.
Bangladesh Test captain also advised his teammates to recite the holy Quran, inspirational books or watch motivational movies.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bangladesh’s five series have been postponed. They will be rescheduled once the situation gets better. Mominul said they might not get a breather due to a lot of cricket next year.
Bangladesh played their last international match on March 11 this year against Zimbabwe. Since then, Bangladesh’s five series were postponed due to the pandemic. They include three Tests (two against Australia, one against Pakistan), four ODIs (three against Ireland, one against Pakistan) and four T20Is (all against Ireland), and three Tests (against Sri Lanka).