Former Australian pace spearhead and recently retired star Mitchell Johnson will be skipping the upcoming edition of the Big Bash League (BBL). The reason given by Johnson to skip the event is that he wants to spend more quality time with his family. Johnson was to represent the Perth Scorchers in the BBL.
“It is a real shame because I think everyone in Australia was hoping he’d play,” Scorchers coach Justin Langer recently said. “And I really respect where he’s at. He retired for a reason and he won’t be playing.” “You can just start to feel it heating up,” Langer said. “We’ve got a good crew of players. Again, the expectations are very high, and that’s good. A lot will depend on who’s playing for Australia and if we can get our best guys on the park.”
However, Johnson’s absence alone won’t adversely affect the league, which already has a galaxy of stars such as Mike Hussey, Kumar Sangakkara and Jacques Kallis. “We would have been delighted to have a player of Mitch’s quality involved,” Anthony Everard, head of the BBL told cricket.com.au. “We’re disappointed that he won’t be involved this year, however the quality of players we have this season is the best we’ve ever had, both in terms of domestic players and overseas players.”
“To have guys like Brad Haddin and Shane Watson playing for the first time in a meaningful way is fantastic. And then there’s the internationals, the likes of Kevin Pietersen, Chris Gayle, Kumar Sangakkara, Jacques Kallis – I could go on. The quality is the best we’ve had in four seasons so there’s still a lot of look forward to for fans,” Everard added.