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Matthew Hayden looks at the role of Islam in the discipline of the Pakistan team

Many people criticize Pakistan’s cricket game. Because there is no shortage of controversies in Pakistan cricket. In the national team too, sometimes controversy comes to a head. Even before coming to play in the World Cup, there are rumors of trouble among the players of the national team.

But former Australian opener and former Pakistan coach Matthew Hayden praised the Pakistan national cricket team for its discipline. And this Australian legend sees the influence of Islam behind this discipline.

Hayden saw Babar Azam-Mohammed Rizwan closely. The former opener was a member of the coaching staff of the Pakistan national team in the 2021 and 2022 T20 World Cups. Worked as batting consultant in 2021 T20 World Cup. The ‘mentor’ was Babar’s in the next World Cup. Hayden praised the Pakistan national team for their discipline while commentating on the Pakistan-Australia warm-up match in Hyderabad yesterday.

Hayden commented with the former chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and former cricketer Ramiz Raja in this preparation match of the World Cup. Ramiz Raja wants to know him, how was the experience of working with the Pakistan team? Hayden, 51, said: ‘They are very focused on Islam, which is the foundation of this party. Pakistan team players are very disciplined in their life. I appreciate it. Because cricket is a game of discipline. Hayden then added, ‘You have to be committed, you have to be dedicated, you have to be consistent—that’s what Islam represents in the team culture.’

Pakistan lost to Australia by 14 runs in the warm-up match. Babar Azam’s team lost in two preparatory matches. But Pakistan’s bad fielding is being talked about more than the loss.

(04 October/NBW/ES


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