Ahead of their first match against Mumbai Indians, Gujarat Giants have suffered a major blow as ace West Indies batter Deandra Dottin has been ruled out of the tournament due to a medical condition.
The franchise, however, have named Australia’s Kim Garth as a replacement.
“The Adani Gujarat Giants have had to call for a replacement player just before the start of the inaugural edition of the 2023 Women’s Premier Leaguem,” Gujarat Giants said in a statement ahead of their first game in the league.
“Ace West Indies all-rounder Deandra Dottin is recovering from medical situation and has been replaced by Australian pace bowler Kim Garth. The Adani Gujarat Giants wish Deandra a speedy recovery, and welcome the talented Kim Garth.”
🚨 Another lioness from Down Under, @kim_garth joins our pride! 🇦🇺🦁#WPL #GujaratGiants #AdaniSportsline #Adani pic.twitter.com/vd9z6Ssp0i
— Gujarat Giants (@GujaratGiants) March 3, 2023
The Giants bagged the Windies batter for INR 60 lakh during the auction after bids for her at a base price of INR 50 lakh.
On the other hand, Garth went unsold at the WPL auction last month. She was a part of the Australia camp for the T20 World Cup in South Africa. However, the batter only played two warm-up matches ahead of the tournament.
Meanwhile, Dottin, after being ruled out of the tournament took to Twitter and wrote, “I leave that in God’s hands cause he don’t sleep. #GodIsGood #GodIsInControl”
I leave that in God’s hands cause he don’t sleep. #GodIsGood #GodIsInControl 🙏🏾🙏🏾
— Deandra Dottin (@Dottin_5) March 3, 2023
Within a few hours, the inaugural edition of the WPL will kickstart at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai where the Giants will lock horns with Harmanpreet Kaur’s Mumbai Indians.