Dubai, Jan. 16 (TNS): Karachi Kings suffered a blow ahead of the third edition of the Pakistan Super League with Mitchell Johnson pulling out of the tournament due to personal reasons. Johnson, on Twitter, also revealed that he would like to schedule himself for T20 tournaments around the world in a way that works best for him in 2018.
“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”, Johnson took to twitter to announce the update.
Despite skipping the PSL, Johnson has made himself available for the IPL having set his base price at INR 2 crore ahead of the auction later this month.
With Pakistan left-arm pacer Usman Khan also sidelined due to a stress fracture, Karachi will have to look for reinforcements to fill the void. Johnson was initially unsold in the platinum category before getting picked in the diamond category by Karachi.
He had a successful Big Bash season the last time and has continued to impress this season as well for Perth Scorchers, picking up seven wickets in the tournament so far at an impressive economy of 5.67.
Karachi Kings kickstart their campaign on February 23 against Quetta Gladiators in Dubai.