Melbourne: Cricket Australia is expected to release Shane Watson to play for his Indian Premier League franchise Rajasthan Royals for next month’s Champions League Twenty20. The development could add to the headache of CA officials regarding preparation for the home Ashes series.
According to the rules, players who have qualified for an IPL side and another team will have to choose the former in the Champions League T20 to be held in India next month.
Watson and Mitchell Johnson played for Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians respectively in the IPL besides being members of the Big Bash team Brisbane Heat who have also qualified for the Champions Trophy.
Brisbane Heat would receive $300,000 in compensation for this, a report in an Australian newspaper said. Watson’s CLT20 commitments caused great angst last year, when CA upset the Sydney Sixers by insisting he return to prepare for the home season. He ended up breaking down before the first Test against South Africa and endured a second injury-affected summer in succession, the report said.
Before the first Ashes Test starts in Brisbane on November 21, Australia play six one-day Internationals and two T20s in England, and seven one-day games and a T20 in India.