Archive photo of Matthew Hayden.© Twitter
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has re-hired Australian batter Matthew Hayden as a team mentor for the ICC World T20 Cup in Australia. Hayden expressed confidence that the Pakistani team, with its set of strong players, will lighten up the mega event, which will take place next month. Hayden had made a stint with the Pakistani team at the World T20 Cup in the UAE last year and saw Pakistan be defeated by Australia in the semi-finals.
The PCB said Hayden will land in Brisbane on October 15, the day Pakistan arrives from Christchurch after participating in the T20I series, which also involves Bangladesh and hosts New Zealand.
The PCB had also hired South African Vernon Philander for the last World Cup as a bowling consultant.
The PCB said the decision is a continuation of Hayden’s commitment to the men’s national team after inspiring them to the semi-finals of the last World Cup.
PCB chairman Ramiz Raja said: “I welcome Matthew Hayden back in Pakistani colors. He is a proven artist and his credentials are recognized and recognized around the world.”
“He brings with him a wealth of knowledge about Australian conditions and I am confident that his involvement will greatly benefit our extremely talented cricketers ahead of the World Cup and future tours Down Under.”
The PCB has also found sponsors to pay the fees for Hayden.
“I am extremely excited to reunite with the Pakistani team and can’t wait to rejoin the culture and feel the spirit of One Nation One Passion,” Hayden said in a PCB release.
“I’ve seen Pakistan perform in the ACC T20 Asia Cup and Sunday’s win over India was brilliant.
“I think this Pakistani side has what it takes to excel in Australia and the conditions will really suit them both from a batting and bowling perspective. This team has all its bases covered and I’m sure it will make the World Cup like last year in the UAE,” said the burly Australian.
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