The Women’s T20 League’s first controversy took place before the tournament’s formal start. Deandra Dottin, the West Indies star purchased by the Gujarat Franchise, has sparked a pre-tournament controversy, responding bluntly to being ruled out of the season opener. She will not play in the league’s opener between Gujarat and Mumbai because she is “recovering from a medical condition,” according to a report dated March 3.
Dottin shut down the rumours on her official Instagram handle with a straight-forward comment in one of her stories. “Get well soon from what, if I may ask?” wrote the 31-year-old sharing the post of a report confirming the West Indian’s exclusion on an Instagram story.
Deandra Dottin also issued a clarification on Twitter
Dottin also tweeted to deny any medical issues. “I really appreciate all the messages, but truth be told, I’m recovering from nothing but the Holy Ghost anointing; thank you #GodIsGood #GodIsInControl,” she wrote.
The Gujarat Franchise named Australia’s Kim Garth as her replacement. Garth could not attract a bid at the players’ auction last month. During the auction, Garth played with the Australia team, winning the Women’s 20-20 World Cup in South Africa.
Before the Women’s 20-20 World Cup, Garth appeared in just two exhibition matches; one among them was played versus Ireland. She later moved to Australia and signed a three-year contract with the Women’s Big Bash League’s Melbourne franchise. After the WBBL, she appeared directly in the Women’s 20-20 World Cup. She joined the Gujarat squad in a short notice on Friday.
Here’s the updated Gujarat Squad: Beth Mooney (c), Ashleigh Gardner, Sophia Dunkley, Annabel Sutherland, Harleen Deol, Kim Garth, Sneh Rana, S Meghana, Georgia Wareham, Mansi Joshi, D Hemalatha, Monica Patel, Tanuja Kanwer, Sushma Verma, Hurley Gala, Ashwani Kumari, Parunika Sisodia and Shabnam Shakil.
Here’s how fans reacted to Dottin’s pre-tournament controversy:
Chumbai did it ages ago
— NithisH (main) (@stan_Mukesh) March 4, 2023
Gujarat Giants 🤝 Mumbai Indians 🤝 Frauds and disgraceful franchises
— Bakri Player (@cric_nerd2) March 4, 2023
Shuruwat se pehle hee, Nazar lag gya
— Cricket Fan 07 (@Manas_pr_sharma) March 4, 2023
— VK18 🐐 (@ParamSh10733348) March 4, 2023
Deandra dottin's Instagram story : pic.twitter.com/w57LXUupjw
— Cricpedia (@_Cricpedia) March 4, 2023
Rohit Sharma level cheating
— Aarav (@sigma__male_) March 4, 2023
If Gujrat Giants wanna go in knockouts, their top order needs to perform. Dottin is an exceptional opener. Dottin is women of Gayle pic.twitter.com/hCddiETzGD
— Sports.world (@moiz_sports) March 4, 2023
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