Cricket Mental Toughness Inventory (CMTI)

Cricket Mental Toughness Inventory (CMTI)

1.1 Introduction

Sports have mental components that require concentration and focus to guide your thoughts. A cricketer’s mental approach could be constructed inside the nets in much the exact identical manner that a batsman refines his reverse sweep along with a bowler perfects his lower ball. However, this may take some time and even cricket clubs are still battling to obtain the perfect approach towards psychological side of the cricket. The most gifted players may fail to provide good performance in the field if their psychological approach fails to fulfill their physical competence (Stow, 2013). The 1990s was that the fitness revolutionthat the 2000s are the sport science and analysis decade and now the upcoming leading edge will be the mental (Lenac, 2012). Cricket is a physical and a mental game that’s played in over 104 countries. Mental flexibility guarantees psychological balance, endurance and assurance (Gill, 2000). A batsman may bat for more than three hours at scoring a hundred but is really batting for around just 8-10 seconds each delivery. The focusing stage in cricket has to be the area under the helmet of batsmen, the hair groups of bowlers as well as the caps of fielders (Katie, 2011).

The idea of psychological strength has recently attracted considerable attention from sport psychology researchers trying to understand how psychological variables can underpin success in sport. In the emerging knowledge foundation, psychological strength is thought of as multi-dimensional comprising of cognitive, affective and behavioral components and a significant psychological construct that is related to successful sport (Jones, Hanton, and Connaughton, 2007).

Emotional strength describes a bundle of qualities which have an unusually significant amount of resolution, a refusal to be intimidated, an ability to remain focused in high pressure situations, a capacity for retaining an optimal degree of stimulation throughout a contest, an unflagging eagerness to compete when hurt, an abysmal attitude when being beaten, a propensity to take risks when rivals show warning and an stiff, possibly stubborn insistence on completing a contest rather than conceding defeat (Cashmore, 2002).

Jones et al. (2002) investigated psychological strength in elite players and concentrated on a number of the theoretical defects and limits. Personal-construct concept as a guiding structure (Kelly, 1955) was used to describe psychological strength and categorize the components required to be a psychologically difficult performer. Consistent, firm, focused, optimistic, and in having control during contest pressure and competing better to their opponents will be the central elements connected with emotionally demanding athletes.

1.2 Present Scales on Mental Toughness

            1.2.1 Mental Toughness Questionnaire 48

The Mental Toughness Questionnaire 48 (Crust, 2011) is a premium quality psychometric measure employed to assess Mental Toughness. It assesses psychological strength via a distinctive 48 thing jelqing measure employing the four key components of Mental Toughness, called the 4 C’s: Control and Emotional Control, Commitment, Challenge, and confidence. It takes approximately 8-10 minutes to complete.

            1.2.1 Mental Toughness Questionnaire

Mental Toughness Questionnaire (MTQ) developed by Goldberg (2012) was utilized to quantify psychological strength in cricket players. It has thirty items which have two response classes: (1) Authentic and (2) False. MTQ contains five sub standard scales: Reboundability (RA: items 1, 2, 3, 4, 5( and 6), Capability to handle pressure (ATHP: 7, 10, 9, 10, 11, and 12), Concentration (Con: 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, and 18), Confidence (Conf: 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, and 24), and Motivation (M: 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, and 30).

1.3 Cricket Mental Toughness Inventory

The purpose supporting the development of cricket psychological strength inventory was to have sound psychometric measure to estimate cricket related mental toughness. For this purpose, two qualitative studies where current and past cricketers’ (n = 16) perceptions of the major components of psychological strength in cricket. Two quantitative studies have been conducted to explore the within and between community properties of the Cricket Mental Toughness Inventory using confirmatory factor analysis and correlations. Each of those five subscales (affective intellect, attentional control, endurance, self-belief, and urge to reach ) were positively correlated with dispositional flow, hardiness, and also endurance and negatively correlated with athlete burnout.

            1.3.1 Sub Scales of Cricket Mental Toughness Inventory

    Affective Intelligence

Affective Intelligence is the capacity to control one’s emotions and moods in any circumstance to facilitate operation (Gucciardi & Gordon, 2001).

    Wish to Attain

Wish to achieve is a internalized, insatiable desire and commitment to consistently improve your performance levels and attain success (Gucciardi & Gordon, 2001).


The capability to withstand and rebound back in situations where adverse consequences are experienced (i.e. pressure, adversity, challenge) is known as endurance (Gucciardi & Gordon, 2001).

    Attentional Control

Attentional Control is your capacity to manage one’s focus and focus over extended periods of drama involving various distractions (Gucciardi & Gordon, 2001).


An unshakeable self-belief on your physical ability to perform in any circumstance is referred to as self-belief (Gucciardi & Gordon, 2001).

1.4 Accessories

  • Questionnaires
  • Answer Sheets
  • Scoring

1.5 Administration

It takes 12-15 minutes to be handled.

Original Forward
Cricket Mental Toughness Inventory

Instructions: Please mark the level to which you agree or agree with the following statements as they relate to you personally. Respond to every item as accurately and honestly as possible and try not to let your response to a question affect your answers to other questions. There are no wrong or right answers.

کرکٹ کی ذہنی مضبوطی کی انوینٹری

ہدایات: برائے مہربانی نشاندہی کریں کہ درج ذیل بیانات سے آپکس حد تک متفق یا غیرمتفق ہیںجیسا کہ یہ آپکو بیان کرتے ہیں  ۔ جتنا ممکن ہو اتنا درست اور ایمانداری سے جواب دیں اور کوشش کریں کہ کسی ایک سوال کا  جواب آپکے دوسرے سوال  کےجواب کو اثر انداز نہ کریں۔ کوئی بھی صحیح یا غلط جوابات نہیں ہیں۔

As a cricketer I بطور کرکٹر  میں
1.      Am ready to take care of anxiety.  پریشانی سے نمٹنے کے قابل ہوں۔
2.      In general, exhibit a tough work ethic.  عام طور پر محنت کی اخلاقیات کا مظاہرہ کرتا ہوں-
3.      Am ready to take care of setbacks connected with cricket. کرکٹ سے متعلقہ رکاوٹوں  سے نمٹنے کے قابل ہوں۔
4.      Stay focused during adversity.  مصیبت کے دوران توجہ مرکوز رکھتا ہوں .
5.      Believe my abilities are superior to other people. یقین رکھتا ہوں کہ  میری مہارتیں دوسروں سے بہتر ہیں۔
6.      Have high psychological stress tolerance. جذباتی تناوُ کی بہت زیادہ برداشت رکھتا ہوں۔
7.      Possess an insatiable urge to improve all areas of my game. اپنے کھیل کے تما م شعبوں کو بہتر بنانے کیلئے نا قابل تسکین خواہش رکھتا ہوں۔
8.      Have the capability to rebound from setbacks. دھچکوں سے واپس اٹھنے کی صلاحیت رکھتا ہوں۔
9.      Stay focused despite cricket-related distractions. کرکٹ سے متعلقہ خلل کے باوجود متوجہ رہتا ہوں-
10.  Possess an unshakeable self-belief in my cricket ability. اپنی کرکٹ کی صلاحیت پر غیر متزلزل خود یقینی  رکھتاہوں۔
11.  Effectively manage arousal levels under pressure. دباوُ کے تحت ابھار کو موثر طریقے سے سنبھال سکتا ہوں۔
12.  Am prepared to got the additional mile to be successful. کامیابی حاصل کرنے  کے لیے ضرورت سے زیادہ  محنت کرنے کے لیے آمادہ ہوں۔
13.  Stay optimistic when faced with problems during games. کھیل کے دوران جب مشکلات کاسامنا ہو تو مثبت رہتا ہوں
14.  Am able to block non-cricket diversion. موثرطریقے سے کرکٹ سے غیر متعلقہ خلل کو روکنے کے قابل  ہوں۔
15.  Never experience doubts about my own ability. اپنی قابلیت پر کبھی  شک نہیں کیا۔

1.6 Goal of translation

Cricket has been loved passionately by the folks of sub-continent. The Government of Pakistan is having a whole lot of expenditure on Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) that is employed for the improvement of cricket in Pakistan. The goal of this translation was to create an interpretation of English edition of Cricket Mental Toughness Inventory to Urdu that is conceptualized to the original and can easily be understood by the cricketers.

The Pakistan cricket team will be the national cricket team of Pakistan and it’s a complete member of the International Cricket Council (ICC). Currently Pakistan is ranked third as per the ICC Test rankings. Pakistan have played 817 ODIs, winning 437 (55.12%), losing 355, linking 8 and also 17 finish in no-result.  Pakistan was that the 1992 World Cup champions, and came runners-up in the 1999 championship game. Pakistan, together with other countries in South Asia, have hosted the 1987 and 1996 World Cups, with all the1996 closing being hosted at Gaddafi Stadium in. Pakistan won the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 and was runners-up in the inaugural tournament in 2007. They’re the sole winners of this Asian Test Championship of 1999 (Abbasi, 2013).

1.7 Rationale to the Translation of Cricket Mental Toughness Inventory

Emotional issues in sports particularly in cricket and mental techniques related with cricket haven’t been discussed in Pakistan. Cricket carries great psychological importance that demands focus and peaceful state of mind (Pandoo, 2009). Emotional elements are one of the weakest and neglected parts in sport activity.

The occurrence of victory is seemingly more enthused for athletes. The consideration of being the most influential, powerful and charm in their abilities is fascinating for athletes and encircles impulse for success. Physiological aspects, technical abilities, game strategies and mental management are primary components for outstanding sports performance but psychological management has ever been failed not only by the players but out of management and officials also (Gahwiler, 2013).

Mental abilities make the obvious difference between winning and losing. It’s critical to reduce too much stress and there has to be psychological training to increase psychological strength and to create outstanding performance particularly in cricket. The translated version of Cricket Mental Toughness Inventory are a fantastic opportunity to assess the psychological strengthens and weaknesses of cricketers in Pakistan and would be useful for Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and also National Cricket Academy (NCA) to have psychological profile of cricketers.

1.8 Procedure for Growing of Cricket Mental Toughness Inventory

The measures which are followed in distributing”positive and negative suicide ideation Inventory” are given in a flow graph below:

Permission to Utilize Cricket Mental Toughness Inventory was hunted by the writer. Translation was done according to this MAPI guidelines. Following are the measures of scale translation:

            1.8.1 Conceptual definitions

Emotional strength is thought of as multi-dimensional comprising of cognitive, affective and behavioral components and a significant psychological construct that is related to powerful sport (Jones, Hanton, and Connaughton, 2007).

            1.8.2 Forward Translation  

The goal of this process was to acquire translation of original cricket psychological strength inventory in Urdu which is both conceptually equal to the initial inventory and easily understood by the people to whom the interpreted survey is administered. Two ahead translations were carried out. The dictionary included name of inventory, instructions, answer categories and the things of this inventory.

            1.8.3 Two ahead translations

After taking proper consent from the writer, so as to get forward translations (English to Urdu translation), two bilinguals (English & Urdu) Mphil scholars in the Institute of Applied Psychology failed two ahead translations.  Therefore, two separate forward translations were accessed.

            1.8.4 Reconciled variant of forward translation

After performing two separate forward translations, the consensus has been designed with the manager Prof. Dr. Rukhsana Kausar and all the M.phil students of this semester (2013-2015) between both ahead translations at a classroom setting. And that translation was given preference which completed the significance behind the things in English and on which there was a mutual approval too. Every attempt was made by the translators to remain as close to the literal meaning supporting the item since they can. In that manner, a last variant of Urdu translation was completed. There were certain discrepancies regarding translation which were noted.

This last version was then discussed with the course instructor so as to solve the queries and problems regarding translation. For example, in item 2, the translation to”exhibit a difficult job seeker” done by two translators was”محنت کا مظاہرہ” or”مشکل کام کی اخلاقیات کو ظاہر کرتا ہو” so after consultation with manager محنت کی اخلاقیاتکا مظاہرہ کرتا ہوں”” was retained in the final version. Likewise, in item 3, the word”reverses” was translated as”ناکامیوں” by the two translators, Thus after consultation it was changed to”رکاوٹوں” because ناکامیوںdid not communicate the same significance as the”setback” needed in the original version. In item 5, then phrase”abilities” was translated as”ہنر” or”صلاحیتیں”, later consensus it was changed into مہارتیں because of its closer significance to the original version. The item 6″tolerance” was translated as برداشت or even رواداری,therefore the initial one was selected finally because of its readability. “Satiable” was translated as نہ ختم ہونے by the translators but later consensus نا قابل تسکین  was discovered more appropriate in the creation and significance of sentence in item 7. In thing, the word”stimulation amount” was translated as جسمانی تبدیلوں by the translators but it was substituted with”ابھار” after consensus because it’s more appropriate. Back in tem 12,”extra mile to triumph” was translated asزیادہ محنت کرناکامیابی کے لیے or کامیابی کے لیے اضافی میل کی دوری, after consensus that the first one was selected for closing translation. On the basis of the feedback original consensus target language variant obtained.

            1.8.5 Backward Translation

The goal of backward translation was to get a translation to English (source language) of the target language variant (Urdu). With this purpose backward translations were carried out.

  • Backward Translation I

For backward translation, the Urdu edition of this cricket psychological strength inventory was granted to a senior M.Phil student in Institute that was proficient in both English and Urdu.

  • Backward Translation II

For second backward translation, the Urdu edition of cricket psychological strength inventory was granted to a M.S pupil of Institute. The pupil completed backward translation in one day.

1.9 Proof Reading

The last measure was proof reading which was completed under the supervision of the manager. Only two modifications have been advised by the manager in the proof reading process. They’re as under:

  • In item no 4, that the word”area” was translated into شعبوں which was changed to پہلووُں after proof reading.
  • In item no 10, the word”setback” was translated into ناکامیوں which was changed into دھچکوں after studying studying.

1.10 Summary

The Cricket psychological strength inventory consisting of 15 items was selected for the interest of translation. It’s the only scale which assesses cricketers’ psychological strength. Hence, the translated version of the scale may be utilised in future studies to evaluate unique domains of psychological strength in cricketers.

The translation procedure was performed with the assistance of manager and 2 M. Phil students. After two ahead translation, the consensus was designed with M. Phil students under the supervision of Professor. The validity of Cricket Mental Toughness Inventory (CMTI) was given to a M. Phil scholar to the interest of backward translation. Consensus was obtained on the discrepancies acquired in backward translation with the manager Professor plus a last translation of this scale was obtained.

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