Hurricanes upbeat on Meredith & won’t demote Short, Mujeeb update, Noor named

The Hobart Hurricanes offered a positive update on Riley Meredith’s fitness after his late withdrawal on Thursday, while the Strikers and Renegades named extended squads for Friday’s game.

SQUAD NEWS

The Strikers and Renegades both named extended squads for Friday’s clash with no surprises among them.

Noor Ahmad ($72k BWL) remains in the Gades’ squad, with fellow import Rilee Rossouw ($104k BAT) absent with a hamstring injury.

Shaun Marsh ($137k BAT) is still in Perth for the birth of his third child while Cameron Boyce ($121k BWL) remains out with a “health condition”.

Strikers squad: Carey, Agar, Briggs, Conway, Gibson, Nielsen, O’Connor, Johnson, Rashid Khan, Renshaw, Salt, Scott, Short, Siddle, Valente, Weatherald, Wells, Worrall

Renegades squad: Finch, Noor Ahmad, Couch, Evans, Fraser-McGurk, Harper, Harvey, Hatzoglou, Holland, Lalor, Mohammad Nabi, Perry, Prestwidge, Richardson, Sutherland, Imad Wasim, Webster

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UPDATES

The situation with the BBL’s Afghan trio seems to change every day but the latest is they’ll all be available until approximately January 15.

The Heat reiterated this when discussing Mujeeb Ur Rahman ($204k BWL) who is expected to play games on Sunday 10 January and Thursday 14 January before departing for Afghanistan-Ireland ODI series.

Heat teammate Lewis Gregory ($180k BAT/BWL) said: “He will be missed, if he is off in a few games. He’s amazing at what he does.”

The Hurricanes offered an update on Riley Meredith ($166k BWL) after he was a late withdrawal from Thursday’s loss to the Thunder, clarifying later they expect him to play next game.

Canes coach Adam Griffith said: “He’s fallen on his ribs a couple of times… He’s got a bit of a bruise there. We thought he was OK. In the warm-up when he was trying to go flat chat he was no good… Riley will obviously come back in.”

Griffith also backed D’Arcy Short ($158k BAT/BWL) to find his form and said he wouldn’t be dropping down the order.

Griffith said: “We’ve got the utmost faith in D’Arcy. The best spot for him is up the top. He was actually hitting them OK until he got out. He’s just got to spend a bit more time at the crease.”

TOMORROW

We’ll learn the squads for Saturday’s Scorchers-Thunder game, but Daniel Sams ($199k BAT/BWL) has been ruled out.

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