Pakistan team mentor Matthew Hayden supported Babar Azam and Co. after a five-wicket loss to England in the T20 World Cup 2022 final. He encouraged the team and believes that they could lift the trophy one day. Despite their best efforts, Pakistan faced a five-wicket defeat at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday. After losing the toss, they only managed 137 on the board. Although their pace battery did well, England won the game with five wickets and an over to spare.
Speaking in a video uploaded to Twitter by the official PCB account, Hayden said: “I just want to say on behalf of the support staff that we feel very privileged and honoured to be a part of that story. Take it back a month ago, when you all shared a meal at my house. I said that I was confident that you are going to lift the World Cup. Now that has not changed, nothing’s changed, I am still confident that this group of young men can lift the World Cup.”
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He further added: “And I am confident that, we have also some clarity on how to move forward from this tournament. How to celebrate some great performances and how to acknowledge some of the weaknesses that we have had in the last month. Come the World Cup in India, again, we will be celebrating getting somewhere near the World Cup. It is amazing how far we have come in the tournament.”
Pakistan had a moderate World Cup campaign, starting with consecutive defeats against India and Zimbabwe. They beat the Netherlands and South Africa convincingly, and with the Dutch upsetting the Proteas, they reached the semi-final as well where they beat New Zealand to advance to the finals.
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“I know that you are going to be hurting, I know, it does hurt, but the reality is that we are so close. Such an important part of these last parts has been sharing time together. We have talked as men about what the future looked like and bang bang bang, results happened.”So, guys, I am really proud of you. Thank you for sharing your inner sanctum with me and I hope that I have been able to share my heart and my story of cricket with you guys as well, and I am always honoured,” Matthew Hayden concluded.