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Peter Hatzoglou on highs and lows of being part of T20 cricket‘s … – Code

He’s the right-arm spinner who bowls right around the world.

Peter Hatzoglou has been a Renegade, Scorcher, an Oval Invincible, a St Lucia King and will this summer become a Hurricane. 

Then there have been stints with Glamorgan, Abu Dhabi, Peshawar and Zimbabwe’s Samp Army.

Hatzoglou is a man of many hats — such is the life of a full-time player involved in cricket’s T20 roadshow. 

“I think the last two years I have spent maybe four months in Melbourne all up,” Hatzoglou told CODE Sports from Barbados, where he has been playing in the Caribbean Premier League. 

“If I’m away from home it means I’ve got work. It’s been good. 

“I am planning on moving out to Dubai to live there, base myself out of there. 

“It just makes a lot more sense with the direction my career is heading in, considering that most of my work is in that part of the world or in places that are closer to that part of the world.”

Hatzoglou speaks to CODE Sports from a bustling fish market in the Caribbean, where he is enjoying dinner with fellow T20 traveller and former Scorchers teammate Laurie Evans. 

The 24-year-old’s reality is a world away from Ainsworth Reserve in Melbourne’s west, where Hatzoglou made the career-defining decision to switch from being an erratic fast bowler to a rangy leg-spinner. 

“Big Bash finished this year, I went straight to the PSL (Pakistan Super League),” he said.

“From the PSL, I actually went to India for a couple of weeks just to do a training thing, I net bowled to RCB (Royal Challengers Bangalore) and I did a training camp with Cricket Mentoring. 

“I was there helping out … from there I went to the UK. I was at Glamorgan in the Blast. Then I went to the (Zimbabwe) T10, I was with Samp Army. 

“Now I’m in the CPL playing with St Lucia.”

Hatzoglou was crunching numbers as an accountant and playing Premier Cricket for Melbourne University when his BBL opportunity arose in December, 2020. 

He trapped internationals Mitch Marsh and Cameron Bancroft lbw in his first outing as a Renegade and before long was a viral sensation. 

In September last year, T20 trailblazer Chris Lynn spoke of the lonely reality of life on the T20 circuit, saying: “There are days where it does get a little bit s***, a bit lonely, but it’s what it is.”

Hatzoglou concedes there are days where he longs for home, but he has found solace by studying during his downtime. 

“I do live out of a suitcase. You upskill so much quicker being on the circuit, speaking to different people,” he said.

“You learn about how different countries go about playing spin. In Australia we’ve got the biggest grounds in the world and spin bowlers definitely have it easier in Australia because of that. 

“You go somewhere like the UK, especially South Group in the Blast, and it’s like where Australian batters aren’t known for being particularly great sweepers of the ball, you go to the UK and they are sweeping you, reverse sweeping you, lap sweeping you down the ground. 

“And it’s the same in Pakistan and other parts of the world as well. 

“Then you have got the Caribbean where the power game they have got here is something that’s unrivalled around the rest of the world. 

“You learn about different styles of cricket, you learn to adapt and adapt your game to different conditions really quickly. If you don’t, you don’t survive.”

The relationships developed on the “travelling roadshow”, as Hatzoglou calls it, also help with the months spent away from family and friends. 

“To be honest, I just enjoy travelling,” he said.

“I really enjoy being in the places I’ve gone to and I have a real thirst for it, I suppose. It’s really good to exercise that. 

“I don’t know how long the novelty will last. But I feel like there is definitely a diminishing return on travel. 

“You travel to a point and it’s like, ‘I do want to go home now’. But, I guess my threshold for it might be a bit more than others, I don’t know. 

“I’ve really enjoyed all the travels so far and I have always enjoyed getting out there. For me, it comes – not easy – but I enjoy it. It’s great.”

Matthew Shawcross, Hatzoglou’s junior coach at Sunshine Heights Cricket Club, believes the resilience forged during his development has allowed the spinner to thrive on the relentless and at times unforgiving T20 circuit. 

“One of the things that Peter’s able to talk about and certainly in my time involved in the juniors, when he did make it, is being able to reinforce the message that you might not get picked in every rep team and all this sort of thing at a particular age, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t end up making a career out of it,” Shawcross said.

“Pete, certainly through his junior career, he never played in the pathways program, he never got a game with Western Spirit at any stage whatsoever. 

“There were obviously reasons for that. But he showed a lot of resilience, a lot of persistence and then he had, in a really short period of time, a real growth spurt in his talent.”

That journey provides an insight into why Hatzoglou has relished every opportunity since bursting onto the national stage in Hobart. 

There was a period of his junior career where Hatzoglou was destined to become a talented, but wayward, fast bowler who likely would have spent his Saturdays chasing the edge of batsmen in Melbourne’s Victorian Turf Cricket Association. 

But with guidance from Melbourne Uni teammate Fawad Ahmed, he successfully transitioned to leg-spin and took the first steps toward becoming a professional cricketer. 

“I know that he was always very inquisitive,” Shawcross recalls. 

“I think he probably had his first coaching session with Fawad Ahmed when he was about 13 or 14. 

“Then as luck would have it he ended up playing at the same club as him at Melbourne Uni for several years. It’s been wonderful to see that development, but also he has got a real thirst for knowledge. There’s no doubt about that.”

Hatzoglou adds: “You have to learn really quickly. If you don’t learn, if you don’t adapt then, you fall behind. It’s great to be having conversations with people from other parts of the world, learning how they go about the game.”

As any backpacker will tell you, there are only so many hats, shirts and memorabilia you can accumulate while travelling the world – because eventually, suitcase space runs out. 

“I like to keep a shirt. I like to keep a hat,” Hatzoglou said. 

“Otherwise, I just give stuff out. It is hard, when you play for three or four teams or whatever, and you’re going from one team to another, you accumulate a lot of luggage which can be difficult to take across. 

“I do give away a lot of stuff. I’ve got people in Melbourne who have supported me along the way so I always take things back to them to give out as sort of a bit of a thank you, I suppose.”

Hatzoglou’s annual calendar reads like the lyrics to Peter Allen’s iconic hit I still call Australia home. 

And no matter how far, or how wide he roams, Sunshine Heights’ Ainsworth Reserve will always be home. 

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“This is a huge coincidence but I was literally just speaking to the captain of the club this morning,” Hatzoglou said. 

“I do stay in touch with all of those guys. There are a lot of really good cricketers going around. 

“Not only on the circuit in different countries, but in grade cricket and all that as well. I really enjoy getting back to club cricket when I can and I will enjoy getting back to Melbourne Uni.”

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Harry Tector admits World Cup will be ‘hard to watch’ after Ireland’s … – PlanetSport

Ireland would have booked their spot in India had they beaten Bangladesh in all three ODIs in the final assignment of the World Cup Super League qualifying tournament, but they lost the series 2-0 in May.

A separate qualifying tournament for those who finished outside the World Cup Super League’s top eight was held in Zimbabwe the following month but Ireland disappointingly limped out at the group stage.

Tector, who registered two 50-plus scores in four matches in Bulawayo in June, has moved on from the disappointment but having to watch the World Cup, starting next month, from home will prove difficult.

“It’s going to be hard to watch at times but I think I’ve dealt with the fact we’ll not be there,” he said.

“It will be bitterly disappointing to not be there but we didn’t deserve to be there – we didn’t win enough games in the Super League and then we didn’t play well in Zimbabwe. We had our chances.

“It will be a tough watch but it will be a great tournament. I’m looking forward to seeing who comes out on top.”

Tector averages an impressive 50.06 from 39 ODIs, while he is set for his 40th appearance in the format in the last game of England’s summer schedule, with Ireland bidding to rebound from their weekend loss.

England went 1-0 up in the series – after last week’s washout at Headingley – with a 48-run win at Trent Bridge, where Tector made 39 before a bottom edge off leg-spinner Rehan Ahmed flew high into the air and Will Jacks took an excellent catch running back from mid-off.

“I probably would have backed myself trying to hit that for six but it just came off the toe of the bat and went a bit high in the air. It was a good catch in the end,” Tector added.

“It was disappointing to get in then get out but that’s the nature of cricket.

“The challenge I set myself is how can I put in match-winning performances? Averaging 50 is great but it’s not the be all and end all.

“I’m just trying to get better as a cricketer and put in match-winning performances for Ireland.”

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Kumar Dharmasena, Nitin Menon To Be Umpires In Cricket World Cup 2023 Opener. Check Full List Of Match Officials – ABP Live

On Monday, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced that umpires Kumar Dharmasena and Nitin Menon will do the on-field duties for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 season opener between England and New Zealand, which is slated to take place on October 5 in Ahmedabad.

“Kumar Dharmasena and Nitin Menon will be the on-field umpires for the opening match of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 between England and New Zealand,” said a statement from ICC.

The opening clash between England and New Zealand, will see a repeat of the thrilling final four years ago where Dharmasena and Menon will be assisted by TV umpire Paul Wilson, fourth umpire Shahid Saikat and match referee Javagal Srinath. This is the first time that Menon will be standing in his first ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup match. Shahid will also become the first from Bangladesh to do the umpiring duties in the competition.

Alongside Dharmasena, Marais Erasmus and Richard Kettleborough will also be returning, after serving in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup finals in the past, in 2019 and 2015, respectively. ICC also confirmed the match referees as the likes of Jeff Crowe, Andy Pycroft, Richie Richardson, and Javagal Srinath are set to grace the event.

The World Cup 2023 is slated to take place in India from October 5. The Indian team will start their campaign by playing against Australia on October 8.

Full list of match officials for ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023:

Umpires: Chris Brown (New Zealand), Kumar Dharmasena (Sri Lanka), Marais Erasmus (South Africa), Christopher Gaffaney (New Zealand), Michael Gough (England), Adrian Holdstock (South Africa), Richard Illingworth (England), Richard Kettleborough (England), Nitin Menon (India), Ahsan Raza (Pakistan), Paul Reiffel (Australia), Sharfuddoula Ibne Shahid (Bangladesh), Rodney Tucker (Australia), Alex Wharf (England), Joel Wilson (West Indies) and Paul Wilson (Australia).

Match Referees: Jeff Crowe (New Zealand), Andy Pycroft (Zimbabwe), Richie Richardson (West Indies) and Javagal Srinath (India).

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Sri Lanka provide fitness update on Hasaranga ahead of World Cup – ICC Women’s World Cup

Sri Lanka provide fitness update on Hasaranga ahead of World Cup

Monday 25 September

Mon 25 September

Sri Lanka are holding out hope that star spinner Wanindu Hasaranga can still play a role during the upcoming ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.

Hasaranga is still battling the hamstring injury he picked up during last month’s playoffs of the Lankan Premier League and the 26-year-old sat out Sri Lanka’s recent Asia Cup campaign that saw them finish as runner-up.

While Sri Lanka know that time is running out for Hasaranga to prove his fitness prior to their World Cup opener against South Africa in Delhi on October 7, the team are still exploring every avenue to allow the right-armer to feature at the 50-over showcase.

“We are consulting foreign doctors to see whether he needs surgery or not. If he does, he will be out for at least three months. At the moment, the situation is not that great and it’s highly unlikely if he can play the World Cup,” Sri Lanka medical panel head Arjuna de Silva told The Sunday Times newspaper in Sri Lanka.

“Since he is a key weapon in our attack, we are looking at other options to see how best we can get his services at least for important games. All that depends on the opinions of the consultant to whom we are trying to show his reports.”

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Sri Lanka spinner Wanindu Hasaranga became just the second bowler to take three consecutive five-wicket hauls in ODIs during the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2023

If Hasaranga was to miss the entire World Cup then the team’s bowling stocks would be severely depleted given his capabilities of performing well on the big stage.

Hasaranga was the leading wicket-taker at the two most recent editions of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup and also topped the wicket charts during the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier tournament in Zimbabwe earlier in the year.

Sri Lanka are one of just two teams yet to name their squad for this year’s World Cup, with the Asian side and Bangladesh having until September 28 to submit their final group of 15 players to the ICC for the tournament.

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