There is no stopping Brad Hogg. The ever-green chinaman bowler is all set to start a new journey as reports have emerged that he is leaving Perth Scorchers for Melbourne Renegades.
Perth Scorchers coach Justin Langer expressed his disappointment over Hogg’s decision but said that the team should move on. Langer also said that Hogg has made a wrong decision.
“Very disappointing,” Langer told reporters in Perth on Friday of Hogg’s departure. “I know [where he’s going], but I can’t tell you where he’s going. But he’s leaving the Scorchers. I’m really disappointed about that. What can I say? I’m personally disappointed, professionally disappointed, but it’s his decision and life goes on.
“In my opinion, he’s made a wrong decision, that’s okay, that’s not my business. But I can go to bed at night knowing we offered him more money than we offered him last year, we think we’ve had a good deal with him for the last few years and it could have been a real win-win situation for him and us.
“But we wish him the best, we’ve been friends since we went to school together. I think he’s been brilliant for the Scorchers. I think on and off the field he is fantastic, he’s a good friend of mine but it’s disappointing.”
Hogg has been a very important player for Scorchers in the past season. He came out of retirement to play with them from the start of the 2011-12 season and has been their leading wicket taker with 46 wickets at 21.82. He helped the Scorchers to back-to-back titles in 2013-14 and 2014-15.
“He’s such an iconic figure with the Scorchers, it seems a bit strange to me that he’s decided to go that way. I got an email from his manager telling us his decision – a group email – and that’s what’s disappointing,” said Langer.
However, the coach insisted that his team can recover from Hogg’s departure.
“I’m starting to get thicker skin over the years. Go back to when Mike Hussey left and I was devastated … I nearly died but I know life will go on, no one is irreplaceable.”