Former Australian cricketer Matthew Hayden, who used to mentor the Pakistani cricket team, praised them for their discipline both on and off the field.
Matthew Hayden specifically mentioned Tuesday Islam as a driving force behind the players’ disciplined approach. Hayden shared his thoughts while commentating on the Pakistan-Australia ICC World Cup 2023 warm-up match in Hyderabad.
Hayden, who is 51 years old, explained, “The team’s discipline is closely tied to their adherence to Islam, which is a central aspect of their lives. This disciplined way of life within the Pakistan team is something I truly admire because cricket also requires discipline.”
During his commentary, he added, “Commitment, dedication, and consistency are all qualities that Islam emphasizes, and these values are reflected in the team’s culture.”
It’s worth mentioning that Australia won the high-scoring match against Pakistan by 14 runs. Despite outstanding performances by the captain Babar Azam and Iftikhar Ahmed, the Pakistani team couldn’t successfully chase the target of 352 runs, marking their second consecutive loss in warm-up matches.
Pakistan is scheduled to play their first World Cup game against the Netherlands at the same venue on October 6, while Australia will face India in Chennai on October 8. The ICC World Cup 2023 is taking place in India, featuring 10 teams competing for the coveted title at 10 different venues from October 5 to November 19. The tournament opener and the final will be held at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.