Queensland Country has been forced to pull out of next week's tri-series in Canberra with the ACT Comets and NSW Country after the state's recent COVID-19 cases.
The decision was made by Queensland Cricket on Friday afternoon, despite the fact most of the Queensland side live outside of greater Brisbane, which was declared a hotspot by ACT Health on Friday.
High performance manager and series organiser Olivia Thornton said Cricket ACT fully supported Queensland Cricket's last-minute withdrawal.
"Queensland Cricket made the decision as the advice has been not to travel, so they are not, they will stay put where they are," Thornton said.
"Most of them are coming from other areas [not greater Brisbane], but as the advice has been not to [travel], they have made that decision. They have acknowledged it may be a conservative approach, but they believe, and we believe it is the correct decision and it's one we will support."
Next week's series against NSW Country will help placate a Comets squad which has been starved of cricket this summer after the Country Cricket Championships was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Comets will play two 50-over matches and four Twenty20s against NSW Country.
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"It is one of those things we have to react and play what is in front of us," Thornton said.
"That is what we have had to do, we are just in the process of tweaking our schedule and the logistics around that.
"Any time you play NSW it is always a competitive battle. I have spoken the NSW crew and they are really excited about coming down and getting some competitive cricket in, as it has been quite a lean season from a representative point of view.
"While it is safe to do so we will proceed with the bilateral arrangement, I think that is a really good outcome and if things change, we will change again ... I am really looking forward to it."
The Comets have selected a strong squad of 18 for the series, which consists of the likes of Blake Dean from Western District and Queanbeyan skipper Mark Solway.
Talented Tuggeranong wicketkeeper-batsman Josh Staines from Tuggeranong has also been picked as has 17-year-old legspinner Ethan Fitzpatrick from Ginninderra, who could make his debut for the ACT.
Fitzpatrick said it was a huge opportunity to take part in the series.
"I feel honoured to train with guys who are outside six years older than me and playing at a high level as well, it means I can train knowing I can get better each session," Fitzpatrick said.
"Training with guys who know what that are doing and have that experience as well ... I am getting a lot out of it already."
ACT Comets squad: Nic Broes (WDCC), Tom Vane Tempest (TVCC), Rhys Healy (GDCC), Dean Solway (QDCC), Josh Staines (TVCC), Ben Taylor (NCGCC) (Captain), Tyler Van Luin (QDCC), Hanno Jacobs (ANUCC), Sam Skelly (WDCC), Ollie Anable (TVCC), Scott Murn (WDCC), Finlay McGurk (NCGCC), Lewis Evans (TVCC), Ethan Fitzpatrick (GDCC), Joe Slater (WCMCC), Mark Solway (QDCC), Djali Bloomfield (WCMCC), Blake Dean (WDCC).