When Shoaib Malik recently mentioned that the psychologist, who PCB had hired for the team's camp before the World T20, had used hypnotism on the players, we all thought that Malik was being sarcastic.
Many also laughed at Malik thinking that he did not understand a psychologist's job.
Now that Maqbool Babri, the renowned psychologist, has come out in the open, we find that Malik was in fact right about the hypnotism.
The psychologist, popularly known as Max Babri, recently spoke to The News. You can read the full interview here; following are some of the more interesting excerpts.
"I threw a challenge: I'd not charge a single penny if we lose ... but I'd charge double the agreed amount if we win."
Doctors working on a success fee only basis. I like the concept!
"On the second day of our session, I started hypnotizing them. Players were nudged into a trance and urged to understand and envisage themselves as the very best."
So it is true. They were hypnotized!
And a trance? isn't that some kind of dance? How does this work anyway?
I wonder if the team played the entire World T20 in a trance.
"They had a variety of issues from anger management.. sleep problems.. their unmitigated ambitions.."
Isn't that true for all of us Pakistanis?
"A couple of days before the team's departure, we did a 'rock and roll' excercise to show... "
Trance, rock and roll, those must have been some really interesting psychology sessions.
"Afridi is a very special person; he is expressive, talented, handsome, charming, and smart."
How wonderful! Which aspect brings out the best in him as a cricketer?
"Hypnotism is just a therapy and it seeks to improve the confidence of the players. It is used every where in the world. It is not a drug."
And he explains the therapeutic hypnotism he used on the players.
I don't know if all this actually worked and played a part in Pakistan's victorious World T20 campaign, but it surely impressed some of the cricketers. Such as Shoaib Malik.
Now for Max Babri to get his double pay check from the PCB!