A big blow for Karachi Kings as Australian well known pacer Mitchel Johnson has pulled out of the upcoming edition of Pakistan Super League. Johnson, who was picked by Karachi Kings, has informed the PSL management of his unavailability.
In a Twitter statement sent out late in the evening, Johnson said he was pulling out for personal reasons as well as to best schedule himself for T20 tournaments 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.
— Mitchell Johnson (@MitchJohnson398) January 16, 2018
It is pertinent to note that the Indian Premier League also has dates close to the PSL and is probably a bigger priority for Johnson, who has been a mainstay in the tournament since its inception.
The Australian fast bowler, who was in the platinum category of players for the PSL was picked by Karachi Kings after demoting to the Diamond category for the third season. Sources believe that Mitchell Johnson was unhappy over being demoted from the platinum category to the diamond category of players.
“This can be one understandable reason that he wasn’t happy about his category. He might have come if he was in platinum,” said a source.
Another reason was his unwelcoming relationship with Karachi Kings’ coach Mickey Arthur over an infamous homeworkgate scandal.
Johnson was one of four players suspended for the third Test of the 2013 tour of India along with Shane Watson, Usman Khawaja and James Pattinson.