Mitchell Johnson pulls out of Pakistan Super League due to personal reasons
Former Australia cricket team pacer Mitchell Johnson took to his Twitter account to confirm he won’t play in this year’s Pakistan Super League (PSL), where he was contracted with Karachi Kings.cricket Updated: Jan 17, 2018 15:45 IST
Former Australia cricket team pacer Mitchell Johnson, who was set to make his debut for the Karachi Kings in the upcoming Pakistan Super League (PSL) season, has pulled out of the tournament because of personal reasons.
Johnson took to his Twitter account and confirmed he is making himself unavailable for the upcoming PSL.
“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 (sic),” he tweeted.
The 36-year-old had a successful Big Bash League (BBL) last year and he continues to display impressive performance this season as well for Perth Scorchers. He is the joint second-highest wicket-taker for the team, having picked up seven wickets in the tournament so far, at an economy rate of 5.67.
Yes I am making myself unavailable this PSL18 for personal reasons & 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.— Mitchell Johnson (@MitchJohnson398) January 16, 2018
Johnson’s absence might come as a major blow to Karachi Kings’ bowling attack, which could also miss the services of Pakistan cricket team’s Usman Khan, who was sidelined for six months due to back injury, ESPNcricinfo reported.
The third edition of the PSL is set to begin on February 22. The matches will be played at four venues -- Dubai, Sharjah, Lahore, and Karachi.
Karachi Kings will begin their campaign against Quetta Gladiators on February 23 in Dubai.
Karachi Kings squad:
Shahid Afridi, Usman Khan, Usama Mir, Khurram Manzoor, Ravi Bopara, Imad Wasim (capt), Babar Azam, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Rizwan, Colin Ingram, Luke Wright, David Wiese, Tabish Khan, Mohammad Irfan Jnr., Hasan Mohsin.