World Cup 2019: Tamim to make the overdue call on the fitness


Tamim Iqbal might be given the hazard to determine whether or not he is fit enough to stand South Africa on Sunday in Bangladesh’s starting Cricket World Cup fixture. The skilled opener turned into struck at the left wrist within the nets in advance this week before being cleared of any fracture. On the eve of Bangladesh going through South Africa at The Oval, Tigers skipper Mashrafe Mortaza indicated Tamim might decide whether or not he features. “Tamim will deliver a final name on how he is feeling due to the fact [it] all depends on Tamim,” said Mortaza.

Bangladesh may be keen for its star batter to play. In his preceding innings at The Oval, throughout the 2017 Champions Trophy, Tamim scored 128 and 95 against England and Australia, respectively. South Africa suffered a batting disintegrate in its establishing match in opposition to England, slumping from 129-2 to 207 after being set 312. Veteran spinner Imran Tahir, who will play his 100th ODI on Sunday, said: “We are very effective. We were overwhelmed by using the excellent England crew who has been dominating international cricket. “It’s just that they performed thoroughly on that day, and I suppose we stored them to 310, which changed into a fantastic effort from us.

“If we learn from our errors, I assume we will be pleasant.” Recently, we experienced another tragic event: a mass stabbing at a Pittsburg-area high school. Just one week prior, another mass shooting at Fort Hood occurred. And before that, many devastating and preventable tragedies are seemingly becoming more common by the day. The Navy Yard, Aurora, Newtown, Virginia Tech, Columbine: once names that brought to mind placid locations across our great nation that, sadly now, conjure devastating memories of unspeakable heartbreak. In the midst of all of this, a national dialogue has again begun to emerge. Given the questionable mental stability of many of the shooters in these events, it involves discussions revolving around our nation’s attitudes and policies regarding mental health.

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~ Are we doing enough to treat the mentally ill?

~ How can we better screen people for mental illness?

~ How can we keep guns out of the hands of those with histories of mental instability?

And so on…

But here’s a question I’ve yet to hear: “What can we do to prevent mental illness, to begin with?”

Seems logical. And truthfully, if we were dealing with an epidemic of flu, obesity, or some other physical disorder, prevention would be at the top of this list. But strangely, our culture’s attitudes and habits about mental health differ significantly from those toward physical fitness.

Consider this. In the realm of the physical, it’s universally recognized (albeit not always practiced) that if you want a healthy body, you’ve got to do preventative maintenance: brush your teeth, eat reasonably healthy food, exercise, and get enough rest. Day in and day out, we engage in a host of chores designed to help enhance the well-being and longevity of our physical selves. In other words, physical fitness is a precursor to physical health. Yet, we find a different story in matters of our mental and emotional selves.

Developing habits to nourish and exercise our mental and emotional selves is not regularly considered by most Americans. On the contrary, most of our effort to attend to our mental and emotional needs is more about indulging than fitness. Are we feeling stressed? Grab a beer with friends. Did sadness get you down? See the latest blockbuster movie. Anxious about work? How about a round of golf?

Rather than increasing our mental capacity, we medicate ourselves. We engage in activities to make us feel better in the short run but without addressing the root problem, which revolves around an insufficient ability to absorb and cope with life’s difficulties. It’s like managing your weight gain by removing all the mirrors in the house. Sure, it may make you temporarily feel better, but what does it do to solve the problem?

The truth is it’s an approach that all too often produces what can only be described as free-range, feral minds.