Pakistan’s team manager for the 2018 men’s T20 World Cup in Australia will be Matthew Hayden. He had worked as the team’s batting advisor during the UAE match in 2021. The PCB claims that Hayden’s presence in the locker room helped Pakistan go to the semi-finals last year, where they fell to Australia. Hayden was a member of the backroom team that also included Vernon Philander, a bowling consultant from South Africa.
Hayden said, “I am overjoyed to be returning with the Pakistani team and cannot wait to re-engage with the community as their mentor for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia. I have observed Pakistan’s performance in the ACC T20 Asia Cup, and I thought Sunday’s victory over India was outstanding. I believe that this Pakistani team has what it takes to succeed in Australia, and the playing conditions will favor them both offensively and defensively. I’m honoured to be able to share all of my knowledge and expertise about all aspects of Australian life, and I can’t wait to return to the Pakistan dressing room.”
Hayden will collaborate with Shaun Tait, the current bowling coach for Pakistan, a former teammate of his from Australia. Saqlain Mushtaq, the head coach, and Mohammad Yousuf, the batting coach, are members of Pakistan’s coaching staff.
On October 15, Hayden will arrive in Brisbane and immediately join the team once Pakistan returns from Christchurch, where they played in a T20I series against Bangladesh and the hosts, New Zealand.