BRISBANE, Sept 20: Former Australia Test opener Matthew Hayden has decided to retire from all forms of cricket, adding the Twenty20 version of the game to the Test and One-day International formats he stopped playing in 2010.
The 40-year-old Hayden said on Thursday after ‘lengthy discussions’ he won’t play a second season for the Brisbane Heat in the Twenty20 Big Bash League and says he’ll now help promote the team.
Hayden, who retired from Test cricket in 2009, also played for Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League in 2010. He then took a break before joining the Heat as their marquee player for the inaugural season in the eight-team, city-based competition last year.
“I will be pursuing my initial intention and agreement with the Heat of moving from the pitch to the boardroom, where I hope to continue to make a meaningful contribution to the Big Bash League and the Brisbane Heat,” Hayden said in a statement.
“I also plan to be very active in promoting and supporting the Brisbane Heat both on and off the field, and to contribute to the long-term success of the franchise.”
Hayden said cricket would remain a significant part of his life.
“Whilst closing the final chapter was difficult it feels great to be more actively involved in supporting and nurturing our next generation, especially now with my children,” he said.
Hayden scored 8,625 runs in 103 Tests for his country with 30 centuries, at an average of more than 50. He also played 161 One-day Internationals.—Agencies