During the exhibition match against Australia, the Pakistani cricket team’s discipline garnered considerable praise from an unexpected source.
Former Australian opening batter Matthew Hayden brought up the impact of Islam on the team’s discipline and cohesion during the commentary.
The 51-year-old former cricketer noted that the Islamic faith of the national players’ required discipline was similar to the discipline required in cricket.
The former left-handed hitter emphasized the value of dedication, effort, and consistency in the game as well as in the players’ faith in any sport.
-Ramiz Raza and Matthew Hayden promoting Islam during warm up match of world cup
-Hayden was Batting consultant of Pakistan team during 2022 T20 World Cup
-Both are promoting personal religious beliefs in commentary funded by ICC which is eventually funded by BCCI
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As Hayden noted, “The way of life in the Pakistan team leads to greater discipline, which I greatly admire because cricket is also a discipline.”
It is important to note that Matthew Hayden assisted the national team’s batting at the T20 World Cup in 2021 and 2022.
The team led by Babar Azam lost both of their exhibition matches against New Zealand and Australia in preparation for the forthcoming ODI World Cup 2023.
On October 6 at Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, the Green Shirts’ World Cup campaign will get underway against the Netherlands.