CAB hires top sports psycologist for Bengal team

Dr. Bavare has been giving mental training to the Olympic Gold Quest backed athletes this year, which is studded with the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games.

(Representative picture) CAB's home ground, Eden Gardens.   -  K.R. Deepak

The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) has hired Dr. Mugdha Bavare, a reputed sports psychologist, to help the state players become mentally tougher ahead of the upcoming domestic season.

Dr. Bavare, an international swimmer, has been associated with the Mumbai cricket team. She worked with Indian wrestling, boxing and athletics teams in the run-up to the 2016 Rio Olympics. She is also a faculty at Exercise Science Academy (ESA) by American College of Sports Medicine, Mumbai, as well as at the Indian Institute of Sports Management (IISM).

Dr. Bavare has been giving mental training to the Olympic Gold Quest backed athletes this year, which is studded with the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games.

“The CAB has taken a good initiative. This will definitely help the boys,” said Bengal coach Sairaj Bahutule. 

CAB joint secretary Avishek Dalmiya said, "We have seen over the last few seasons that the Bengal team has played good cricket but has choked in crunch games. So we have decided to engage a mental toughness trainer."