Chennai, July 19: Matthew Hayden is optimistic of the pay dispute involving the players and Australian cricket board getting resolved at the earliest.
“I think it will get resolved. but I am not sure how it will get resolved. That is because there have been mediation efforts and that have not been accepted,” Hayden told PTI.
“Plans have been laid out pretty substantially. There has to be a meeting of the minds. And, it has to happen quickly. We have a tour of India coming up as well. It is very important part of meeting the ICC future tours programme.
“There is a lot at stake. Not to mention of the Ashes. (Matches against) India and the Ashes are the premium Test match events in the Australian cricket culture. There is so much to lose by not resolving the issues.”
Hayden, who played for the IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK) is currently in the city as a commentator for the Tamil Nadu Premier League. Also Read: Bharat Arun appointed India bowling coach, Sanjay Bangar retained
When asked to compare Virat Kohli and Steve Smith, the legendary Australia opener said it won’t be possible because both are different personalities.
“I don’t think it can be done. They are very different personalities. I will say Virat is part of the modern face of India. A bold personality. He is a resilient personality as well and is prepared to take a stand. His natural game as is Smith’s natural game are almost similar. They are incredibly skilled and are the best players in their respective teams,” Hayden said.
On their individual style of leading the side, he said: “They have a very different style of captaincy. One is a little here, kind of, while Smith is slightly laidback. Both have got extremely strong personalities.”
Talking about Test cricket, Hayden said the longer format of the game is of paramount importance and the International Cricket Council (ICC) needs to find a balance with the other two formats.
“I have heard arguments that Twenty-20 cricket is always going to be a problem. T20 cricket is a solution. Test cricket is also a solution, to a different audience. You will never ever get Test match cricket replaced. But, the administrators and International Cricket Council in particular have to acknowledge the changing face of Test cricket.
“To have 14 Test matches in a domestic summer in India is going to have effects on the fan base of cricket. No questions. Then you add on the other layers, of one-dayers and T20 international(s). Something has got to give.
“I don’t believe that the ICC is addressing the future tours programme as it could be to acknowledge the importance of T20 cricket, but also at the end of the stick acknowledge every stakeholder in the game loves Test cricket. How do you balance that programme, is important,” Hayden said.
On CSK’s return to the IPL fold after serving two-year suspension, the Australian said, “I don’t think you can get a bigger fan of CSK than Hayden. I really missed CSK in the last two years. I was very disappointed that they were not there in the last two editions of IPL.
“The team’s success has been incredible and their fan base is massive. Importantly, it has been primarily focused on the key asset, cricket.”
(With PTI inputs)