Former Rajasthan Royals’ (RR) coach and renowned mental conditioning coach Paddy Upton said cancelling IPL 2020 could have some repercussions on players. He believes it could particularly leave some cricketers crestfallen in terms of financial matters.
IPL 2020 was scheduled to start from March 29 this year. But, due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic globally, the BCCI has postponed it until April 15. With situation going bad to worse with days passing by, some media reports even suggest that IPL 2020 might be permanently suspended.
However, ex-Royals coach Paddy Upton believes that this would not be a good move and might create emotional and financial insecurity among players.
Paddy Upton Says That IPL 2020 Should Not Be Cancelled
“For athletes, there would be a range of experiences, from welcome relief for the established to anxiety and insecurity, both professionally and financially, for possibly a greater number,” Upton told Times of India.
“Fringe players and those at the early stages of their career, especially those who have very recently broken through to the next level, would naturally be feeling this break very disruptive,” he further added.
Upton said, “Naturally IPL is a huge highlight on the calendar for many cricketers, and a cash cow. Anxiety and depression arise within healthy and normal people, when they spend too much time focusing firstly on themselves, and secondly on the problems that they are having.”
“I would really caution not only athletes, but everyone, to use their awareness to guard against this very normal threat. The way to overcome it is to focus on other people, caring for them, and at the same time to look for opportunities that are available due to this additional time,” he added.
People Should Look At The Bigger Perspective Of Life: Paddy Upton
Upton, who has also worked as a mental-conditioning coach for Team India, said people should look at the bigger perspectives of life when their lives have come to a standstill.
“What’s important is to ensure we maintain a bigger perspective of our lives, specifically taking care of all the facets that make up who we are as humans, which include looking after the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspect of our lives,” he said.
“Being proactive in each of the areas I mentioned, ensuring that we are productively building each facet of our life, moving towards solutions, rather than sitting and doing nothing and over-worrying about current or future problems,” Upton said.