The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has made a significant move to bolster the mental well-being of their men’s team ahead of the upcoming T20 World Cup in the West Indies and the USA. The ECB has hired David Young, the psychologist who worked with Manchester City during their period of immense success, including their recent fourth successive Premier League title. David Young’s expertise will be invaluable in helping the team maintain emotional vulnerability under pressure.

Matthew Mott, the white-ball head coach, is keen to create an environment where his players can open up and support each other. Young, who has previously worked with the England team from 2016 to 2020, including during their ODI World Cup victory in 2019, will be joining the team on a short-term basis. His presence is expected to help the team stay mentally strong and focused during the high-pressure tournament.

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Captain Jos Buttler has credited David Young with helping him perform in the final against New Zealand in 2019. “He’s been a great ally in making sure my messages are clear,” said Buttler. “It’s always good to have someone who’s a little bit removed from the squad to make sure you’re landing your messages.”

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The ECB’s decision to hire David Young is also seen as a response to the team’s poor performance in the ODI World Cup┬álast year. England, who were defending champions, failed to make it past the group stage, winning only three matches from nine. The team has since acknowledged their mistakes and made a commitment to become more open and vulnerable in their training sessions.

“We’ve made a commitment to be a bit more open in and around our training sessions, to help each other out a bit more,” said Mott. “In India, all of us were guilty of being a bit insular, and trying to problem-solve ourselves. We’ve made a commitment to open up and be a bit more vulnerable as a group so that we’re helping each other.”

With David Young on board, England is looking forward to making a stronger mental impact at the T20 World Cup. His experience working with Manchester City during their period of success will undoubtedly bring valuable insights to the England team.

By Ritik Sharma

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