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Asia Cup 2023: Pakistan Appoints Sports Psychologist Maqbool Babri for Asia Cup 2023

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Sports psychologist Maqbool Babri joins Babar Azam & Co ahead of Asia Cup  2023
Pakistan Appoints Sports Psychologist Maqbool Babri for Asia Cup 2023

In a bid to provide comprehensive support to its players, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has brought in sports psychologist Dr. Maqbool Babri to accompany the national men’s cricket team during the upcoming ODI series against Afghanistan in Sri Lanka, the highly anticipated Asia Cup, and the subsequent World Cup.

The appointment of Dr. Maqbool Babri, who has previously worked with several players to help them navigate pressure situations, cope with challenging performances, and address personal issues, underscores PCB’s commitment to fostering a mentally resilient and focused team environment.

Confirming the decision, a PCB source stated, “Yes, Dr. Maqbool Babri, who has worked in the past with counseling some of our players, will be accompanying the squad.”

Recognizing the importance of providing a conducive atmosphere for the players, the PCB aims to enable them to concentrate entirely on their cricket and upcoming matches.

Dr. Babri’s prior experience in assisting players in understanding how to manage pressure and overcome adversities further solidifies his role in the team’s preparation for the forthcoming challenges.

Sources from within the PCB disclosed that Dr. Babri’s presence on the team is aimed at fostering an environment where players can openly discuss any issues with a qualified psychologist instead of internalizing their concerns.

In recent developments, the PCB announced the initiation of a pre-departure camp for players in Pakistan. The camp is set to commence at the National Cricket Academy, Lahore, providing participants like Abdullah Shafique, Faheem Ashraf, Muhammad Wasim Jnr, Salman Ali Agha, and Saud Shakeel with a platform to prepare before their departure to Hambantota on August 17.

For players returning from London, including Haris Rauf, Mohammad Rizwan, Tayyab Tahir, and Shaheen Afridi, a similar Lahore-based camp is scheduled for August 16, followed by their departure the next day.

In an effort to bolster the team, the PCB has also invited an additional eight players to the camp. The list includes names like Abbas Afridi, Abrar Ahmed, Arshad Iqbal, Mohammad Imran Jnr, Mohammad Umar, Sufyan Muqeem, Mehran Mumtaz, and Qasim Akram.

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