Controversy erupted in WPL 2023 ahead of the first match in the tournament’s history played between Mumbai Indians (MI) and Gujarat Giants (GG) on Saturday. Just a day ahead of the tournament’s opening, Gujarat Giants on Friday announced that West Indies power-hitter Deandra Dottin will be replaced by Australian star Kim Garth due to a ‘medical condition’.
A huge controversy erupted after Dottin, hours before the GG vs MI WPL 2023 match, revealed that he is absolutely fit. Dottin tweeted, “I really appreciate all the messages, but to be honest I am recovering from nothing but an anointing of the Holy Spirit.”
He replied to the ‘Get Well Soon’ message on Instagram and wrote: “Get Well Soon from what I ask.”
Gujarat Giants put an end to the controversy
Gujarat Giants on Sunday issued a statement saying that they were unable to get Diandra’s medical clearance before the required deadline for WPL 2023. However, the franchise did not specify his health issue.
“Diandra is a world-class player and an amazing signing for the franchise. Unfortunately, we were unable to obtain medical clearance before the scheduled deadline for this season.
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“Such clearance is required for all players participating in the WPL. We look forward to seeing her back on the field soon. Subject to the clearance of her medical reports, she will be a part of the Gujarat Giants squad in the upcoming seasons.” ,” added Gujarat Giants.
Gujarat Giants make a terrible start in WPL 2023
T20 World Cup 2023 winner Beth Mooney-led Gujarat Giants suffered a humiliating 143-run defeat against Harmanpreet Kaur’s Mumbai Indians in the first match of the Women’s Premier League (WPL 2023) at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai. .
Batting first, Mumbai Indians scored 207/5 in 20 overs. In reply, the Gujarat Giants team was bundled out for 64 runs in the 16th over. MI captain Harmanpreet Kaur was declared the player of the match for MI vs GG for her 30-ball 65.