Perth Scorchers land rising Big Bash League spinner Peter Hatzoglou from Melbourne Renegades

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The Scorchers have landed a huge new signing.
Camera IconThe Scorchers have landed a huge new signing. Credit: Perth Scorchers

The Perth Scorchers have snared one of the Big Bash League’s most promising talents, with spinner Peter Hatzoglou signing a two-year deal.

Hatzoglou’s signature is a huge coup for the Scorchers, with the young Victorian the leading wicket-taker for the Melbourne Renegades last summer.

A BBL rookie of the year after his stunning rise from data analyst to Renegades regular, Hatzoglou lands at the Scorchers in place of international Fawad Ahmed — his mentor and former Melbourne University teammate.

Scorchers coach Adam Voges said the club was delighted with the new signing.

Peter Hatzoglou reacts after dismissing Mitch Marsh.
Camera IconPeter Hatzoglou reacts after dismissing Mitch Marsh. Credit: DAVE HUNT/AAPIMAGE

“Peter quickly became a crowd favourite in the Big Bash last year and I’m sure the Scorchers members and fans will love watching him,” he said.

“He gives us the flexibility to bowl spin at different times throughout the innings and will combine with Ash Agar to make a strong spin duo.

“Peter is a long-term option for us which means sadly we say goodbye to Fawad (Ahmed) who’s been a huge asset to our team over the past two seasons.”

Hatzoglou made his debut against the Perth Scorchers last summer, and snared the prized scalps of Cam Bancroft and Mitch Marsh as a last-minute injury replacement.

Peter Hatzoglou celebrates the wicket of superstar Alex Hales.
Camera IconPeter Hatzoglou celebrates the wicket of superstar Alex Hales. Credit: LUKAS COCH/AAPIMAGE

And from there, he shone.

His season was so impressive, it caught the eye of Aussie spin king Shane Warne.

“I think there will be a lot of interest in Hatzoglou around the world, especially in the IPL and tournaments like that,” he said on Fox Cricket.

“I tell you what, I bet you he gets picked up in the IPL the way he has bowled. I think a lot of franchises over there would look at him and go, ‘Wow, he could be a real handful in India’.”

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