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World Cup 2023: Matthew Hayden Says Pakistan Team Disciplined Because of Islam, Gets Slammed by Netizens

World Cup 2023: Matthew Hayden Says Pakistan Team Disciplined Because of Islam, Gets Slammed by Netizens
People have said that Matthew Hayden, a former Australian cricket player who worked as a coach for Pakistan, spread Islam on the radio. He was talking with Ramiz Raja, a former Pakistani cricket player.

When cricket fans watched former Australia opening batsman Matthew Hayden discussing the influence of Islam on Pakistan's cricketing culture, social media went crazy. He made these comments alongside former PCB chief Ramiz Raja during the World Cup 2023 warm-up match between Australia and Pakistan on Tuesday in Guwahati.

As Pakistan's squad mentor for the men's T20 World Cup in Australia last year, Hayden had a close-up view of Babar Azam & Co.

"Well, it's heavily centred on Islam, which is essential to this playing group. As a result of the fact that cricket is a discipline in and of itself, I genuinely like the way the Pakistani squad lives. Hayden made these remarks while co-anchoring on Star Sports with Ramiz Raja.

With Hayden and Raja in it, the video clip has now gone popular on social media. The former Australian cricket player's comment has been welcomed by the Pakistani media and populace, but it didn't sit well with Indian supporters, who are now criticising Matthew Hayden on social media.

This is not the first time a pundit has found themselves in hot water for saying something that, from a cricketing standpoint, is pointless or unimportant.

When South Africa and Sri Lanka were playing a Test match in Colombo in 2006, broadcasters Ten Sports fired former Australia batter Dean Jones for referring to Hashim Amla as a "terrorist" on live air. Jones said as soon as Amla made the catch to get rid of Kumar Sangakkara. Religious or commercial promotion is prohibited at multi-nation competitions by the ICC.

The multi-nation tournament organisers are never permitted by the International Cricket Council (ICC) to promote their religion or business. When MS Dhoni wore the dagger symbol on his wicket-keeping gloves back in 2019, the ICC objected, sparking controversy.

In 2019, during India's World Cup opening match in Southampton against South Africa, Dhoni's keeping gloves had an Army-inspired dagger emblem.