Former Australian pace bowler Mitchell Johnson will not take part in the third season of Pakistan Super League (PSL). The news is a sort of setback for Karachi Kings who were excited to bring in Johnson for the coming edition. The left-arm quick cited personal reasons for not taking part in the competition.
Johnson took to social media and expressed his desire to play T20 Cricket Leagues around the world for next couple of years. He said that he is extremely disappointed not to be part of Pakistan Super League (PSL) that begins on 9th February. He also wished that it would better if he could chalk out a plan to make sure he can play in the different leagues throughout the year. He also sent his best wishes for Karachi Kings and hoped that the side will do much better in the coming edition of PSL.
However, Mitchell Johnson will be available for the Indian Premier League and has set for a base price of two crore rupees ahead of the auction that will take place at the end of this month. Pakistan left-arm quick Usman Khan also will miss the coming edition for Karachi Kings as he has been ruled out of the competition due to a stress fracture. Kings will look for other suitable replacements to make they are better placed to produce right results this time around. Mitchell Johnson was picked by Karachi Kings in the Diamond category during PSL draft. He went unsold in the Platinum category during the draft.
Johnson has been in imperious with the ball in this year’s Big Bash League while representing Perth Scorchers. He has taken wickets on a regular basis with the new-ball for his franchise. Karachi Kings will miss services of Johnson as he has the ability to run through teams when in peak form.