Michael Hogan calls time on professional cricket career

Wednesday 4th October 2023

Men’s First Team

Michael Hogan calls time on professional cricket career

Seamer Michael Hogan has called time on his career as a professional cricketer.

After joining Kent for the 2023 season, the right-armer made 22 appearances across first-class & T20 cricket for the county.

Announcing his retirement on social media, Hogan said: “Today is a bittersweet moment for me as I announce my retirement from professional cricket.

“It is a decision after much thought and reflection over the last week, I soon realised there are a few people who need me more than the game, I believe the time has officially come to hang up my boots and move on to the next chapter of my life.

“I’d like to start out by thanking the game of cricket. It’s taught me so much about myself over the last 15 years. It’s taught me about discipline and perseverance and provided some emotional highs and invaluable lessons both on and off the field.

“I’d like to thank all of my teammates and coaches for being part of the journey. I’ve been privileged to have been coached by and to have played with and against some of the best to ever be involved in the game and the friendships and the memories I’ve made will stay with me for life.

“I also have to thank the often-unsung heroes, the support staff for being part of this incredible journey. I’d hate to think the amount of tape, pain killers and various injections I’ve had over the years but nothing was ever too hard.

“To the clubs I’ve been involved with; WACA, Glamorgan, Kent along with the Hobart Hurricanes and Southern Brave, and of course the lifeblood that come along with these clubs, the supporters. I can’t thank you enough for the opportunities and trust, patience and ultimately the belief you have shown in me allowing me to play for such a long period of time.

“Lastly and most importantly, I can’t express enough my appreciation to my family, the one constant pillar of strength during this journey. The countless days and weeks and more recently months I’ve spent away from home and still the unwavering support, love and countless sacrifices to fuel my ambitions and enable me to pursue my passion for cricket. I am forever indebted to them for standing by my side during the highs and lows of my career.

“In signing off, I hope that I have offered some form of happiness to people at various stages through my career. Wherever I have played I feel like I have given everything that I had and I’ve squeezed every last bit of ability out of my body and now after a few injuries, my body is telling me to stop squeezing. After spending the last week with my family, I know where I’m supposed to be now.

“I wish everyone all the very best and hopefully we cross paths again”.

Kent’s Director of Cricket, Simon Cook, said: “Hoges has been an outstanding individual on and off the field in his time as a Kent cricketer.

“He has been an invaluable source of knowledge to our bowlers both young and not so young! He’s been a steady influence whenever he has played and has always given his best, as he has done throughout his career.

“We wish him well in his retirement and he’ll always be welcome back at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence any time.”