Matthew Hayden, a renowned Australian batsman has been selected as the team’s mentor for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. He had previously led Pakistan in the 2021 tournament.
The decision was made public by the Pakistan Cricket Board as a result of Hayden’s participation with the side in the competition last year. This was when Pakistan advanced to the semifinal round.
The decision represents a continuation of Hayden’s engagement with the team. He led the national men’s team to the semifinals of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021. They defeated India, New Zealand, Afghanistan, Scotland, and Namibia in league games.
Hayden will join the team on October 15, when Pakistan arrives in Brisbane from Christchurch. Previously they had taken part in a T20I series against Bangladesh and the hosts New Zealand.
Hayden is optimistic about Pakistan’s prospects given their recent strong showings in the ongoing Asia Cup having considered his reappointment. They have advanced to the championship game.
“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 in an official statement released by PCB.
“I have seen how Pakistan has 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,” he added.
“I welcome Matthew Hayden back in Pakistan colours. He is a proven performer with his credentials acknowledged and recognised world-over. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge about Australia’s conditions and I am confident his involvement will significantly benefit our extremely talented cricketers for the World Cup and future tours Down Under,” PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja said.
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