The Gujarat Giants, one of the teams participating in the upcoming Women’s Premier League (WPL) in India, have suffered a significant setback ahead of the tournament. The team’s star all-rounder, Deandra Dottin from West Indies, has been ruled out of the tournament, leaving the team scrambling to find a replacement for her.
At the auction, the Giants had acquired Dottin for a whopping INR 60 lakh after a heated bidding war that began at a base price of INR 50 lakh. However, Dottin’s absence has raised some eyebrows and controversy, as the player took to social media to deny reports that she was recovering from a medical condition. In her Instagram story, Dottin wrote, “Get well soon from what if I may ask?” and shared a screenshot of a news article confirming her absence from the tournament. She also posted a tweet denying any medical condition, stating that she was “recovering from nothing but the Holy Ghost anointing” and thanking God for being in control.
The Giants have now named Australian all-rounder, Kim Garth, as a replacement for Dottin. Garth has previously played for the Sydney Sixers in the Women’s Big Bash League and is expected to be a valuable addition to the Giants squad. While the team is hoping to perform well in the WPL, the absence of their star player has led to concerns about transparency and communication regarding player injuries and availability in the tournament.
The Women’s Premier League is a new T20 tournament aimed at promoting women’s cricket in India. The league features six teams and will run for three weeks, with matches being played across various venues in the country. The tournament is expected to provide a platform for India’s top women cricketers and international stars to showcase their skills and promote the sport in the country. However, the controversy surrounding Dottin’s absence has raised questions about the need for more transparency and communication from the teams and the league regarding player availability and injuries.
As the tournament approaches, fans and experts are eagerly awaiting the action on the field, hoping to see some exciting matches and brilliant performances from the players. The Women’s Premier League is a significant step forward in the promotion of women’s cricket in India and is expected to be a great success, despite the challenges posed by Dottin’s absence.