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Published August 29, 2013
IN AUSTRALIA: Cricket Australia is "obliged to relinquish" cricketer Shane Watson to his Indian Premier League franchise for next month's A$6M ($5.3M) Champions League "in the first of several obstacles to its home Ashes preparation." Players "who have qualified for more than one team, as Watson and Mitchell Johnson have for Rajasthan and Mumbai, respectively, as well as Big Bash team Brisbane Heat, are obliged to represent the Indian team." The Heat "will receive" A$300,000 in compensation (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 8/29). ... Australian rugby boss Bill Pulver "has backed a proposal" for Australia and New Zealand to form part of a two-conference Super Rugby competition in '16. Pulver said that the plan, being proposed as a way of accommodating South Africa's demand for a permanent sixth team, "was discussed at an Australian Rugby Union board meeting on Tuesday" (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 8/29). ... Cricket Australia announced a new initiative for the KFC T20 Big Bash League that will see all teams sign on two players on Community and Development rookie contracts (CA).