Calcutta: Pakistan ODI captain Misbah-ul Haq had spoken about the advantages of having a psychologist in the support staff after their 85-run victory over India, at the Eden, a few days ago.
Now, it seems that the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) will have to rope in a psychologist to address the sagging morale of the Bengal players, who again fell face first in the Ranji Trophy.
Though nothing has been declared officially, it appears that the CAB are keen on a psychologist, or a ‘mental health counsellor’ as it considers temperamental issues responsible for the Ranji debacle.
“We shouldn’t say that their problem is due to lack of skills or talent. The problem is with the players’ mindset and temperament,” CAB joint-secretary Sujan Mukherjee said. “We may get in touch with a psychologist if necessary,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Bengal team manager is set to submit a report on the team’s overall performance in this season’s Ranji Trophy, on Friday.
The CAB, it is understood, prefers to wait till the end of the Vijay Hazare Trophy and the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy before taking any decision on coach Woorkeri Raman’s future.
“At the moment, it’s too early to predict about the coach’s future. Having said that, it’s not very easy to get a replacement of Raman’s stature.
“We need to keep that in mind. Besides, we have to first wait till all matches of the limited-overs format are over before thinking of anything extreme,” explained a senior CAB official.