LAHORE   -  Australia batting great Mat­thew Hayden will be the Pakistan team mentor for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) an­nounced on Friday.

The decision is a continu­ation of Hayden’s involve­ment with the national men’s side after he inspired them to the semifinals of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, defeating India, New Zealand, Afghani­stan, Scotland and Namibia in the league matches. Hayden will join the side in Brisbane on 15 October, the day Pakistan ar­rive from Christ­church after competing in the T20I series also involving Bangla­desh and hosts New Zealand.

Sharing his views, PCB Chair­man Ramiz Raja said: “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 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. 

“I would like to offer my gratitude to Bank AlFalah who have once again part­nered with us on this ap­pointment and hope they will remain connected with the PCB,” the PCB chairman added. 

Matthew Hayden said: “I am extremely excited to be reuniting 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. “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,” he asserted.