Mitchell Johnson has announced his retirement from the Big Bash League, it was confirmed on Wednesday (July 25). “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.”
Johnson instead intends to play in the first ever edition of the United Arab Emirates Twenty20 League.
By comparison, the UAE league takes place over just 24 days, as opposed to the BBL’s 60.
There are five teams in the UAE competition who only play eight matches each.
Johnson 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.