- Feb 25, 2024
- Feb 20, 2023
In what will be a repeat of last year, Pakistan have appointed Matthew Hayden as a support staff member for the 20-20 World Cup. Last year, the former Australian opener had the same role and will once again join the team as the team mentor. The 50-year-old will be the team mentor and work with head coach Saqlain Mushtaq and others in the 20-20 World Cup in Australia.
The former left-handed swashbuckler is scheduled to join the Pakistan team on 15th of October in Brisbane. He will join the squad after the tri-series in New Zealand which includes the host nation along with Bangladesh.
Since Mathew Hayden knows the Australian conditions like the back of his palm, his contribution can be crucial factor for Pakistan’s success in the tournament. In the last T20 World Cup, Pakistan qualified for the semi-finals of the tournament but were not able to escape the clutches of Australia. With the team looking good so far, they would aim to create history and get their second 20-20 World Cup title.
“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,” said the Aussie legend.
He added, “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.”