KARACHI: With the entire world is battling the coronavirus pandemic, Pakistan head coach Misbah-ul-Haq emphasised the need to keep the country’s cricketers motivated and focussed by urging them to focus clear while being confined indoors because of the lockdown.
In a marathon teleconference on Tuesday, former national side skipper Misbah — who is also the chief selector — touched upon a variety of topics related to Pakistan cricket after offering words of sympathy for people who have been affected by the current situation.
“Obviously there is only one thing which is the topic of all our conversations wherever we are residing, whether within the country or outside of Pakistan. It is our social responsibility not just to look after ourselves but also help out all those in distress because of this unprecedented [Covid-19] pandemic,” Misbah said.
“We must not lose hope in the fight against this because there’s always light at the end of the tunnel. Collectively speaking, our lives are affected but it doesn’t mean we should stay idle. There’s lot we can all do by educating the masses how to overcome the massive calamity and staying safe. Our sole responsibility at this point must be to help each other by whatever possible means.”
Asked how the players of the national side coping with the lockdown, Misbah pointed out that he is constant touch with them and has given tasks to remain in top physical shape.
“The motivational factor is very important for every single individual. The current situation is not ideal by any imagination but we have to explore ways and means to keep the players focused. There’s nothing the sportsmen can do outdoors and the best way is to engage in activities to maintain fitness,” the 45-year-old explained.
“And how are we keeping our players motivated? The answer is that all of them are busy challenging each other in recreational activities like pushups etc. I have tasked them in groups so that they are preoccupied in matters relating to maintaining top fitness and keeping themselves in physical shape.