The legendary Australian cricket batsman has been named as Pakistan’s team mentor for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup for the second time, before he was directed in the 2021 edition.
The decision was announced last year by the Pakistan Cricket Board following Hayden’s involvement with the team in the 2021 tournament in which Pakistan reached the semi-final stage.
Hayden has considered his reappointment and is confident of Pakistan’s prospects after their recent impressive performance in the ongoing Asia Cup in which they have qualified for the final.
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“I am with the Pakistan team as their mentor for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia and can’t wait to join the culture again and feel the spirit of One Nation One Passion,” Hayden said.
“I have seen how Pakistan have been performing in the ACC T20 Asia Cup and Sunday’s win over India was brilliant.
“I think this Pakistan side has got 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 of its bases covered and I am sure it will light up the World Cup as it did in the UAE last year.
“I feel privileged to be given an opportunity to pass on all my experience and knowledge about all conditions in Australia and can’t wait to be back in the Pakistan dressing room.”
Matthew Hayden will join the Pakistan Cricket Board in Brisbane on 15 October, the day they arrive from Christchurch after the completion of the New Zealand T20I tri-series.
Pakistan is scheduled to play two warm-up games – against England and Afghanistan – before their tournament opener against India on 23 October at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.