Pakistan players to attend counselling ahead of World Cup

"The players are going to attend a four-day conditioning camp from Wednesday and these sessions are part of the camp"

“The players are going to attend a four-day conditioning camp from Wednesday and these sessions are part of the camp”

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Every member of Pakistan’s World Cup squad will attend two counselling sessions with Dr Babri, who is a renowned sports psychologist, before travelling to New Zealand next week.

A Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official also revealed that Dr Babri will hold two separate sessions with the entire team at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore.

“The players are going to attend a four-day conditioning camp from Wednesday and these sessions are part of the camp,” the official told PTI. “Dr Babri has held sessions with other players in the past including the banned Mohammad Amir and others like Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad.”

The official also revealed that former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq and batsman Javed Miandad will speak to the players about what it takes to win a World Cup since they were part of the Pakistan squad that tasted World Cup glory in 1992.

“Some top former players like Inzamam-ul-Haq and Javed Miandad who were part of the 92′ World Cup winning squad have also been invited to share their experiences with the players,” the official said. “The chairman of the board, Shaharyar Khan, will also give the players one message at their farewell dinner to play positive and fearless cricket in the World Cup without any fear of defeat.”

When asked about whether captain Misbah-ul-Haq had passed his fitness test, the official said: “Misbah is carrying a hamstring injury and he has shown remarkable recovery and appeared good in the fitness test. All indications are that he will be fit to lead Pakistan before the two one-day internationals against New Zealand later this month in New Zealand.”

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