Matthew Hayden has called time on his illustrious cricket playing career.

The 40-year-old former Test opener has decided after "lengthy discussions" not to play a second season for the Brisbane Heat in the Twenty20 Big Bash League and says he'll switch to the board room.

The Queenslander retired from Test and international cricket in 2009 before joining the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League in 2010.

He then took a break from the game 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 board room, where I hope to continue to make a meaningful contribution to the BBL and the Brisbane Heat," Hayden said.

"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," he said.