New Delhi: Pakistan Cricket Board has hired Australia’s batting legend Matthew Hayden as the mentor for the team during the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. He did the same job for Pakistan in the last T20 World Cup in UAE, where the team was beaten by Australia in the semi-finals. Hayden has shown confidence in the set of players he will be mentoring.
The former Australian batter will join the team on October 15 in Brisbane after Pakistan comes back from a tri-series in New Zealand, which will also involve Bangladesh. The decision came in as Hayden inspired the players to reach the semis last time. With Shaun Tait as the bowling coach and Hayden as the mentor, Pakistan will have a lot of Australian experience in the support staff when they play the world cup in Australia.
PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja is happy with Hayden’s performance. “He brings with him wealth of knowledge about Australia conditions and I am confident his involvement will significantly benefit our extremely talented cricketers for the World Cup and future tours Down Under,” he said.
Matthew Hayden also expressed his views on the current Pakistan side and said that he is excited to ‘join the culture again and feel the spirit of One Nation One Passion.’ He is also happy with the side’s performance in the ongoing Asia Cup, especially against India. According to Hayden, the Pakistan side has what it takes to succeed in the Australian conditions.
Pakistan is currently playing the Asia Cup 2022 and has reached the finals after winning against Afghanistan and India in the Super 4 stage. They will face Sri Lanka in the last game of Super 4 and then in the finals.