The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced on Friday that former Australia opener Matthew Hayden would rejoin the Pakistan squad to coach the group in the Twenty20 World Cup in Australia starting next month. When the Babar Azam-led side advanced to the T20 World Cup semifinals in the United Arab Emirates last year, Hayden, 50, was a member of the team.

In a statement, PCB chairman Ramiz Raja stated, “He is a proven performer with his credentials acknowledged and recognized worldwide.”

He offers a lot of information about the conditions in Australia, and I am convinced that his assistance will greatly help our very gifted cricketers for the World Cup and other trips there.

Before traveling to Brisbane, where Hayden will join the team, Pakistan will engage in a tri-series in New Zealand that also features Bangladesh. This will prepare them for their Oct. 23 tournament opening against India in Melbourne.

The conditions would be ideal for Pakistan, both from a batting and bowling standpoint, Hayden said. “I believe this Pakistan team has what it takes to triumph in Australia,” he said.

“I am honored to have the chance to share all of my knowledge and expertise on all circumstances in Australia, and I can’t wait to be back in the Pakistan dressing room,” said the speaker.