Big Bash League news July 25, 2011

Brisbane Heat score Hayden coup

ESPNcricinfo staff

Matthew Hayden will come out of retirement to play for the Brisbane Heat in this summer's Big Bash League. Hayden, who will be 40 by the time the season starts, has officially signed up as the Heat's 14th player, and he will give up his responsibilities as a board member of Cricket Australia and Queensland Cricket in order to play domestically again.

He hasn't played since the 2010 Champions League, and hasn't played in Australia since his retirement from Test cricket in January 2009. However, Hayden was keen to get out in the middle again, and the deal was also attractive in a business sense, with his company, The Hayden Way, set to take an equity position with the Heat.

"I have had little interest in the T20 format domestically whilst it remained a state based format, which to me, was a pathway or development program to national interests," Hayden said. "A system, I hasten to add, that I received the benefit of as a player.

"But an eight-team Big Bash League structure - involving separate organisations running these entities with private equity stakeholders in the future - has launched the 'business of cricket' and relaunched my interest as a highly viable business decision, adding value both to The Hayden Way, and also to me personally on the field."

The Brisbane Heat coach, Darren Lehmann, said the team jumped at the chance to have Hayden on board. "I took no time at all to say yes when the possibility of Matt playing for us was first floated,'' Lehmann said. "The man is a legend of our game and brings so much to any team he plays for, whether that's on the field, in the dressing-room, in the boardroom or away from the field with the fans ... it is just outstanding."

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  • Naveen on July 26, 2011, 10:28 GMT

    I am Really very Happy For Hayden... I had lost interest in watching cricket after he and Gilli had retired... The Charm of Cricket is back again..yuppie :)

  • Too on July 26, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    I am a big fan of Hayden, but keeping in view his performances in IPL and Champions league I dont think its good decision. Its better to retire geacefully instead of hanging on this way.

  • Sakush on July 25, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    Welcome back Haydos!! Things were getting boring without you!!

  • Dummy4 on July 25, 2011, 12:24 GMT

    Would love to see the mangoose again

  • Mo on July 25, 2011, 8:34 GMT

    Mat is the man for the 20/20 & he will be a big drawcard. Viva Haydo's

  • Parin on July 25, 2011, 6:55 GMT

    to be frank...i have always liked hayden-gilly pair who go full monty at the opposition bowlers...n hayden has always been a consistent person to do that..if Sachin n Jayasuriya can play...y not Hayden? welcome back....ur fans hav been waiting to see bowlers getting assaulted!

  • Dummy4 on July 25, 2011, 6:48 GMT

    It's good to see haydos back

  • Dummy4 on July 25, 2011, 6:00 GMT

    As an ardent fan of CSK, I want Haydos to be successful in BBL.

  • Dummy4 on July 25, 2011, 5:50 GMT

    Hayden is a true champion and he is a price pick.

  • Anver on July 25, 2011, 5:40 GMT

    Hayden is a crowd puller & entertaining T20 player, even at 40 he can make big in the coming BBL..... waiting to see him bat again in a T20 game !!!!!!!!!!!

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