December 1, 2022
T20 World Cup 2022 – Matthew Hayden returns as Pakistan mentor

Former Australia batsman Matthew Hayden has been appointed as the mentor of the Pakistan team for the Men’s T20 World Cup to be held in Australia. He served as the team’s batting consultant in the 2021 edition played in the UAE.

According to the PCB, Hayden has inspired the team with his presence in the dressing room as Pakistan qualified for the semi-finals last year, where they lost to Australia. Hayden was part of the backroom staff, which also had South Africa’s Vernon Philander as bowling consultant.

“I am extremely excited to rejoin the Pakistan team for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia and can’t wait to rejoin the culture,” Hayden said. “I have seen how Pakistan is doing in the ACC T20 Asia Cup and Sunday’s win over India was fantastic. I think this Pakistan side has got what it takes to excel in Australia and the conditions will suit them, Perspective from both batting and bowling.

“This team has covered all their bases and I am sure it will light up the World Cup as it did in UAE last year. I pass on all my experience and knowledge about all conditions in Australia. I feel honored to be allowed to do and can’t wait to be back in the Pakistan dressing room.”

Hayden will work with his former Australian teammate Shaun Tait, who is the current bowling coach of Pakistan. Pakistan’s coaching staff includes head coach Saqlain Mushtaq and batting coach Mohammad Yousuf.

Hayden will join the squad directly in Brisbane on 15 October following Pakistan’s arrival from Christchurch, also joining Bangladesh and hosts New Zealand after competing in the T20I series.

Saqlain too will be relieved of the role in February next year after completing his one-year contract. His appointment was on an interim basis and was extended. They have refused a long-term contract due to their commitments and have decided to part ways after New Zealand’s tour of Pakistan in February next year.

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