Unconventional mental preparation: Bangladesh player walks on fire ahead of Asia Cup

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As the Asia Cup approaches later this month, cricket teams are diligently preparing both mentally and physically for the tournament. While Pakistan and Afghanistan are gearing up for a series of three one-day internationals (ODIs), India is engaged in a T20I series against Ireland in preparation for the highly anticipated event. On the other hand, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal will directly participate in the Asia Cup matches.

Amidst this fervor, a video took the social media sphere by storm, featuring an unconventional mental preparation technique. In the video, Mohammad Naim Sheikh, a promising batter from Bangladesh, is seen walking on fire under the guidance of a reputed mind trainer based in the country.

The viral video, posted on the microblogging platform X (formerly known as Twitter), showcases Sheikh fearlessly walking on fiery embers.

The mind trainer leading this unique exercise is identified as Sabit Rayhan, who previously worked with the Rangpur Riders, a franchise in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). Rayhan is well-known for his expertise in mental training and has been involved in enhancing the mental resilience of both national and international players in Bangladesh.

The video sparked considerable interest on social media platforms, particularly among cricket enthusiasts who are intrigued by the concept of ‘firewalking’ and its potential benefits for athletes’ mental strength.

As the Asia Cup’s commencement date draws closer, all eyes are on Bangladesh, who will face off against Sri Lanka in their opening match on August 31 in Kandy. The unique mental preparation methods, like the firewalking demonstration, underscore the lengths to which players are going to ensure their readiness for the upcoming tournament.