Former Australian cricketer Matthew Hayden faced criticism from fans for his comments on Islam during the ICC World Cup 2023 warm-up game between Pakistan and Australia in Hyderabad. While commentating alongside Ramiz Raja, Hayden was asked what he liked about the Pakistan team. In response, Hayden mentioned the role of Islam in the team’s discipline and way of life, which he admired. He highlighted the importance of commitment, investment, and consistency in cricket, comparing them to the principles of Islam.
Matthew Hayden had previously served as the batting consultant for the Pakistan national cricket team during the T20 World Cup 2021 and T20 World Cup 2022. He was appointed to this role by Ramiz Raja, who was the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) at the time.
Both Hayden and Ramiz Raja are currently part of the commentary panel for the ICC World Cup 2023. As for the Pakistan national team, they are set to open their campaign in the tournament against the Netherlands on 6th October in Hyderabad. However, Pakistan had a challenging start in the warm-up games as they lost to both New Zealand and Australia.
Fans on X Slam Matthew Hayden As He Promotes Islam During ICC World Cup 2023 Warm-up Match
As Matthew Hayden promoted Islam on air during the ICC World Cup 2023 warmup game between Pakistan and Australia in Hyderabad, fans on X reacted to it. They lashed out at the former Australian cricketer for his antics and gave some angry reactions:
Matthew Hayden and Ramiz Raja promote Islam during World Cup 2023: Why ICC and BCCI must stop cricket from becoming the ground for Islamic conversions.@BCCI @ianuragthakur @narendramodi @AmitShah @PMOIndia @HMOIndia
— Pallavi Sinha🇮🇳 (@PallaviSinha_) October 4, 2023
This is a Cricket World Cup match and not a religious gathering where such teachings can be given ?
Why is this comment between Ramiz Raja and Matthew Hayden being allowed to openly promote and glorify Islam @cricketworldcup?? Is anyone responsible ? https://t.co/4QZY9AA6cm
— JaGGu (@RaamBansal) October 4, 2023
— Sameer Joshi (@ijoshisameer) October 4, 2023
brother matthew hayden at the verge of reciting the shahada in the comms box
— rameen (@rameenwhile) October 3, 2023
Sports/cricket is a secondary thing for them, their priority lies in cοnverting people to their reIigion. Earlier, Rizwan gifted Matthew Hayden the English version of the Quπαn, and now Ramiz Raza is talking to him about lsIαmιc practices and all during a live practice match.… pic.twitter.com/lQrxZKyrS9
— Mikku 🐼 (@effucktivehumor) October 4, 2023
-Ramiz Raza and Matthew Hayden promoting Islam during warm up match of world cup
-Hayden was Batting consultant of Pakistan team during 2022 T20 World Cup
-Both are promoting personal religious beliefs in commentary funded by ICC which is eventually funded by BCCI
— BALA (@rightarmleftist) October 4, 2023
— JIX5A (@JIX5A) October 4, 2023
This isnt the first time mathhew hayden has done it. I remember him doing it earlier too in some other match a couple of years back.
— Sammy S 🇮🇳 (@AtheistSunny) October 4, 2023