Brisbane, July 25: Former Chennai Super Kings opener Matthew Hayden's career has been handed a new lease of life as a domestic Australian batsman, after the Brisbane Heat has contracted him to play in this summer's Big Bash League. Hayden who turns 40 soon will simultaneously be relinquishing his responsibilities as board member of Cricket Australia and Queensland Cricket.
Hayden hasn't taken guard since the 2010 Champions League and hasn't played for his country since his retirement in Jan 2009. Hayden was keen on the stint, especially as the deal includes an equity stake with the Heat for his company - the Hayden Way.
"I have had little interest in the T20 format domestically whilst it remained a state based format, which to me, was a pathway or development program to national interests," Hayden said.
The Brisbane Heat coach, Darren Lehmann, said the team was excited at the prospect of roping in Hayden. "I took no time at all to say yes when the possibility of Matt playing for us was first floated," Lehmann said. "The man is a legend of our game and brings so much to any team he plays for, whether that's on the field, in the dressing-room."