The newest newcomer to the Big Bash League has moved clubs and signed a two-year contract with Perth Scorchers.
Fox Cross understands that the Melbourne Renegades have been elected not to offer a deal to Peter Hatzoglou, who was their lead goalkeeper last summer.
Scorchers stumbled upon it and believed that the high-legged nursery would put itself straight into his best XI and replace Fawad Ahmed, who has no contract.
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The decision to unload Hatzoglou was unusually made by Renegades after a campaign in which the 22-year-old reached 10th place in the total number of gates and created a cult that stemmed from a strong social media presence and some eye-catching performances.
Hatzoglou was a late pick-up for Renegades after Cameron Boyce fell ill with the virus. In the end, he played 13 of 14 games, the most of all the bowlers on the team.
At the end of the season, he was named BBL Rookie of the Year.
Tweaker is also without a state contract in South Australia, although the Redbacks are likely to give him a chance in one-day games in early summer.
His first appearance in the BBL came against the Scorchers, where he caught Mitch Marsh and Cameron Bancroft LBW.
Renegades was hard to understand, even though Boyce had another season.
Mohammad Nabi is unlikely to return, while Beau Webster and Nic Maddinson look ready for an old-fashioned exchange between the cities, although the arrival of the former to the Stars is not yet officially official.
David Saker has been named coach and will hope to reverse the fate of the last two years, in which the club has won just seven of 28 games under the leadership of Michael Klinger, who recently took on a role in NSW cricket.
When he turned to Fox Cricket, Scorchers coach Adam Voges confirmed the story and said Ahmed would leave the club.
“Peter quickly became a crowd favorite in Big Bash last year and I’m sure Scorchers members and fans will love watching him,” Voges said.
“It allows us the flexibility of rotating in the containers during different inning times, and in combination with Ash Agar it will create a strong spin duet.
“Peter is a long-term option for us, which means we are unfortunately saying goodbye to Fawad (Ahmed), who has been a big advantage for our team in the last two seasons.
“On behalf of the team and the club, we would like to thank Fawad for his time at Scorchers and wish him all the best in the future.