Former Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson, who had signed up to play for the Karachi Kings in the upcoming season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) has pulled out of the tournament citing personal reasons. Johnson confirmed the development and explained his decision on his Twitter account on Tuesday (January 16).
“Yes I am making myself unavailable this PSL18 for personal reasons and also for me to schedule myself the way I feel works best for me this year for 20/20 tournaments. These are the only reasons for me not playing. I wish KK the best for the season,” Johnson posted on his Twitter account.
The 36-year-old, who has a reputation of terrorizing the best of batsmen on his day has been in fine form in the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL) in Australia for Perth Scorchers and is the second highest wicket-taker for the franchise behind Andrew Tye. Johnson also enjoyed a fine BBL season last year and also won the IPL title with the Mumbai Indians.
Having developed a niche for himself as a fine T20 bowler post his international retirement, Johnson’s absence will certainly come as a blow for Karachi Kings as they are also likely to miss the services of Pakistan’s Usman Khan, who was recently sidelined for a period of around six months due to a back injury.
The third edition of the Pakistan Super League is scheduled to begin on February 22, with all the matches to played at 4 venues – Dubai, Sharjah, Karachi and Lahore.