Misbah advises players to remain physically, mentally fit during lockdown period

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Head coach Misbah-ul-Haq has urged national cricketers to remain physically and mentally fit during the lockdown period and identify areas where โ€˜they can improve themselvesโ€™.

โ€œThis time off, youโ€™ve got to utilise it very smartly and reflect on your game. Itโ€™s not just me but for other players as well, they have time to look back โ€“ what good and bad they have done and where they can improve themselves,โ€ Misbah said in an interview with prominent cricket website ESPN Cricinfo.

โ€œWhen you are playing, you do not have much time to think. Youโ€™re just going with the flow. There are things you wonโ€™t be able to understand while playing or even practicing. But now, when you are mentally free and not occupied, this is the best available time for your learning curve.

โ€œI will be emphasising that youโ€™ve got to believe in yourself and stay positive. Yes, itโ€™s a tough situation but at the same time consider this break a chance to reinvigorate yourself. Several players have been playing consistently and we all need a break from the load of cricket,โ€ he added.

While most players lack the facilities to practice their cricketing skills at home, Misbah feels it is important they do everything within their means to maintain general physical fitness.

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โ€œProblem is that at this time nobody has the facilities to practice, so for now the one thing I am talking to players is about fitness,โ€ Misbah said. โ€œWe are in touch with players on an individual basis, both with the batters and bowlers, and we are talking and keeping them in track.โ€

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โ€œAlong with my assistant coach Shahid Aslam, Iโ€™m getting playersโ€™ videos from the PSL and the recent series we played, and breaking them down in terms of strengths and weaknesses, and getting back to the players with our feedback.

Itโ€™s tough to get them on board collectively and make them practice, but with some clarity in the situation we can at least be ready to execute with a clear mind [when cricket resumes],โ€ he maintained.

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