Speaking to RSN’s Breakfast Club, the 46-year-old suggested the Big Bash League has helped see higher participation rates in cricket.
“I think BBL is bringing back the kids’ love for the game, we’ve seen high participation rates in the cricket since the Big Bash has kicked off. That’s a huge step,” Hogg said.
“For me, I’ve seen a lot of women not really interested in Test cricket, but as soon as the Big Bash came on they got really excited and were watching it on the TV screens at home with the family and really getting involved.
“Some of those women that I know that weren’t interested in Test cricket but have all of a sudden got an interest in Test cricket again, for me I think Big Bash has got a good introduction for those people not interested in cricket.”
Hogg’s eight wickets in BBL|06 came at an economy rate of 7.22, with his best bowling of 3-22 coming in the Melbourne Derby on New Year’s Day, and the spinner is looking forward to being back with the Renegades.
“I think we’ve got a very good list on paper, but the game is played out in the middle. With Brad Hodge coming back from Adelaide, I think that’s a very good addition. (Tim) Ludeman I think is a very good T20 player and I think the ground at Etihad suits his style of play, with short square boundaries and he’s very good square,” Hogg said.
“(Dwayne) Bravo back this season, hopefully he doesn’t get injured. Last season his injury changed the tournament for us as … he bowls well at the death, he bats well and he’s probably our best fielder out there as well. So that all round ability that we missed last year.
“We’ve got Kane Richardson with pace to back us up, I think we’ve got a well-balanced squad. We’ve got back up spinners, (Jon) Holland coming in, a quality left arm off spinner who probably should be playing more for Australia, he’s just got to stay out on the park more often to play in that baggy green even more.”
Hogg is expecting that once again the Big Bash League will see spinners play an important role in teams bowling attacks.
“The first time that I participated in T20 cricket was in 2003 for Warwickshire in the County system. They had a very good competition in the midlands and I was a little concerned over spinners involvement in the game,” he said.
“Looking at that T20 tournament it was the slower bowlers who dominated, then I thought right the game probably has got a space to play somewhere along the line but I wasn’t confident as a traditionalist at that stage. But the way that the Big Bash has taken off and the IPL, I think that 20/20 has its place.”
Hogg said the Big Bash is a great time for cricket and hopes to see fans pack out Etihad Stadium in red.
“I think that in Australia we’re lucky we have it in the Christmas holidays period where families want to engage their kids in something and keep them occupied. There’s no better way then take them out to the cricket on an evening,” Hogg suggested.
“I’m just excited to be playing the game and loving it. Kids coming through have to embrace it and respect it, you’ve been given that opportunity and make the most of it, because at the end of the day we’re in the industry of entertainment, it’s alright being the best cricketer but if you’re not entertaining the public won’t come and watch.”