Matthew Hayden to be Pakistan mentor for 2022 T20 World Cup

He will join the side on October 15 in Brisbane after Pakistan's tri-series against Bangladesh and New Zealand

Batting coach Matthew Hayden warms up with the Pakistan team, Pakistan vs Australia, T20 World Cup 2021, 2nd semi-final, Dubai, November 11, 2021

Matthew Hayden was the batting consultant for Pakistan in last year's T20 World Cup  •  AFP/Getty Images

Matthew Hayden has been named Pakistan's team mentor for the upcoming men's T20 World Cup in Australia. He had served as the side's batting consultant in the 2021 edition played in the UAE.
According to the PCB, Hayden had inspired the team with his presence in the dressing room as Pakistan qualified for the semi-final 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 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," Hayden said. "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 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 allowed 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."
Hayden will be working alongside his former Australian team-mate Shaun Tait, who is the current Pakistan bowling coach. Among Pakistan's coaching staff are head coach Saqlain Mushtaq and batting coach Mohammad Yousuf.
Hayden will join the team directly in Brisbane on October 15, following Pakistan's arrival from Christchurch after competing in the T20I series also involving Bangladesh and hosts New Zealand.
Saqlain will also be released from the role next year in February after he completes his one-year contract. His appointment was on an interim basis and was extended. He declined a long-term contract because of his other commitments and has decided to part ways after New Zealand's tour to Pakistan next year in February.