Shadab Khan is a Pakistani cricketer who has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. In recent months, he’s been embroiled in several controversies, from allegedly using a racist term to assaulting a journalist to making homophobic remarks. But despite all this, Shadab Khan is still one of the most talented young batsmen in the world. So it’s no wonder that batting consultant Matthew Hayden was so excited to meet him. In this video, Shadab Khan is interviewed by Matthew Hayden and tells him ‘Welcome to Pakistan cricket. See how the conversation goes and learn tips on improving your batting skills.
Shadab Khan was appointed captain of Pakistan.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has appointed Shadab Khan as the national team’s new captain. The 27-year-old was a surprise choice for the role, given that leading Pakistan to glory in international cricket usually falls to veterans like Inzamam-ul-Haq, Misbah-ul-Haq, and Salman Butt. However, there is no doubt that Khan possesses all the qualities required to be a successful captain, most notably composure and technique on the field.
Known for his aggressive batting style, Khan was recently appointed batting consultant to Matthew Hayden to help him improve his game. “Welcome to Pakistan cricket,” Khan told Hayden during their first meeting. “You’re going to love it here.”
Khan’s appointment comes at a time when Pakistan isis suffering from inconsistency in their performances, and they will be looking for him to bring stability and direction to their team. The former Test wicketkeeper has also been successful.
Shadab Khan’s story
Shadab Khan was a 14-year-old batting prodigy when he made his international debut for Pakistan in March 2017. Since then, the teenage sensation has impressed with his fearless batting style and blistering speed on the cricket field. In this BBC interview, Shadab discusses his journey to the international level and how Matthew Hayden helped him develop as a batsman.
“When I made my debut against England, I didn’t know what to expect. But Matthew Hayden was very supportive and told me to just go out there and enjoy myself,” said Shadab. “He really helped me out a lot, and I’m grateful to him. He’s also a good friend of mine.”
Matthew Hayden is one of the most successful cricketers in history, with 4 World Cup titles. The 39-year-old was born in Pakistan but played for Australia throughout his career. He is now an analyst for Channel 9 commentary team, and he spoke about Shadab’s development during an interview with ESPNcricinfo last year:
“The biggest thing that Shadab has done well is he’s been able to keep himself humble,” said Matthew Hayden. “He’s still only 18 years old so it’s difficult not let things get too big for him… He knows where he needs to improve – he doesn’t try harder than anyone else does – but he can be more clinical.”
Matthew Hayden appointed batting consultant for Pakistan
Matthew Hayden was appointed batting consultant for Pakistan on Monday. The Australian all-rounder, who played 78 Tests and 311 ODIs for his country, will work with the team during their winter tour of England and Wales.
“I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to be a part of Pakistan cricket going forward,” said Hayden. “The players and management are very passionate about cricket and I am sure that we will all benefit from my experience and knowledge. I want to thank PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan and everyone involved in making this possible.”
Pakistan was recently banned from international cricket due to corruption allegations, but they have since made a dramatic return with three wins in their last four matches. The tour of England is their first since 1988 when Hayden made his Test debut there.
“We are really excited about having Matthew with us on the tour,” said captain Sarfraz Ahmed. “He has a wealth of experience which will be invaluable as we attempt to restart Pakistani cricket on a high note.”
How Shadab Khan and Matthew Hayden will help Pakistan cricket
Shadab Khan has told batting consultant Matthew Hayden that he is “looking forward to helping Pakistan cricket reach its potential.”
Matthew Hayden, who has worked with Michael Clarke and Ricky Ponting, will provide Shadab Khan with technical assistance ahead of the ICC World Cup.
Pakistan is currently in Group A of the tournament alongside England, New Zealand, and Afghanistan. The team is ranked number nine worldwide and needs to perform well if they want to advance further.
Shadab Khan, 27, made his Test debut against Sri Lanka in 2014 and scored over 2,500 runs at an average of over 50. His impressive form earned him a place in Pakistan’s World Cup squad.
Hayden said: “I’m really excited about working with Shadab as his batting is shaping up to be one of the best in Pakistan cricket.”
Shadab Khan, the Pakistani all-rounder, has said he is happy to take on batting duties for his team in place of injured opener Tamim Iqbal. Speaking to batting consultant Matthew Hayden during a tour match against New South Wales, Shadab said: “I am very proud and happy to be part of the Pakistan cricket team. I have been waiting for this chance my whole life.” This news confirms that Shadab will replace Tamim as the opening batsman in the remainder of Pakistan’s tour matches and series against Australia, starting with their first ODI tomorrow [15 October].