Tasmania agree to leave out Riley Meredith for ‘greater good’ due to border restrictions

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If the fast bowler played, it could have caused issues with Victoria traveling to Perth later in the month

Tasmania have agreed not to play quick bowler Riley Meredith in their Marsh Cup match against Victoria in Melbourne on Wednesday because of the potential impact on Victoria’s onward schedule for the season.

Victoria travel to Perth later this month, and Western Australia currently has closed borders to New Zealand where Meredith has just been with the Australia T20I squad.

Although Meredith is under no restrictions in Victoria – which along with New South Wales and Tasmania has a one-way travel bubble to New Zealand except for Auckland – it has been agreed he will sit out the game to ensure the season can continue as planned.

“If Riley was to play in this match it would impact the Victorian squad being able to travel to Perth for their upcoming fixtures against Western Australia, and so, for the greater good of the season being completed as planned, Tasmania has agreed to not select him for this match,” Cricket Tasmania said in a statement.

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