first_imgMitchell Johnson has bid a goodbye to the Big Bash League (BBL) at the age of 36 but has kept options open to play in domestic T20 tournament in the world.Johnson’s managed said that the increasing length and intensity of the Big Bash League forced the former Australian pacer to quit the domestic tournament.The BBL organisers have decided to expand the tournament with all the teams playing 14 games each in a home and away format before the knockout stage. There will be an increase of 16 matches from the previous season as 59 matches will be played in the eighth edition.Johnson, who featured for Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League 2018, is yet to put any word on his participation in the tournament come the next season.IPL also features 14 games in the same format that BBL is adoption now, so Johnson’s participation is now under question.”The intensity and length of the BBL is just too much for someone who will be 37 at the start of the summer,” Sam Halvorsen, Johnson’s manager, told The West Australian newspaper. “Mitch has put his name up for the Emirates tournament in Dubai, but that is half the length of the BBL.”The T20 tournament in UAE is a 10-over format and Johnson will be hoping he is picked by any one of the eight franchises when the draft takes place in September.Johnson had a year-by-year contract with Perth Scorchers and represented the franchise in the last two season. He played a crucial role in their title-winning campaign in 2016-17. It was Johnson’s figures of 1/13 that paved way for the Scorchers’ win against Sydney Sixers in the final.advertisementJohnson played a total 19 Big Bash games and picked up 20 wickets at a strike rate of 22.2. His best performance of 3 for 3 came against Melbourne Stars in the semifinal in 2016-17.last_img

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