WPL – Dottin Deeply Disappointed By Baffling Reasoning For Her WPL Ban From Gujarat Giants

Deandra Dottin is “deeply disappointed” by Gujarat Giants’ “stunning reasoning” to explain her omission from the squad for the inaugural WPL.
Giants had stated prior to the season that Dottin was “recovering from a medical situation”, then announced Kim Garth as her replacement. At the time, Dottin tweeted that she was “recovering from nothing.” During a media interaction following Dottin’s response, Giants issued a clarification that they would need to find a replacement because they were unable to get Dottin’s medical clearance in time.

On Sunday, Dottin posted a detailed statement on Twitter saying: “I remain profoundly disappointed by what can only plausibly be described as baffling reasoning for my omission from the tournament.

“At the start of the tournament, the franchise claimed I had been banned from the team because I was apparently ‘recovering from a medical condition’. This was followed by a later, clarifying statement stating that I was in fact ‘unable to to play’ obtaining medical clearance ‘despite not being issued until February 20th.’

Dottin went on to say she had sought treatment after experiencing mild abdominal pain in December last year. She then met two specialists for a second opinion in December and January, and was rested until February 13. She said she was cleared to resume training from February 14.

“As a result, I resumed my personal training and fitness regimen according to the guided timelines and experienced some soreness on the first day I resumed training, which was expected and reasonable given that I had been asked to rest during the weeks prior to training.

“I was transparent in correspondence with the Gujarat Giants physiotherapist about this, but this was misinterpreted and later conveyed to members of the franchise management team as that I was ‘experiencing abdominal pain after the session’ which was not what I stated.”

Dottin said Giants insisted she get herself assessed locally, even though she had received medical clearance from her attending surgeon on Feb. 20.

“To my horror, I was then forwarded email correspondence from the Giants’ physical therapist, which included the following demand: ‘Deandra Dottin is strongly advised to submit her fitness report along with recent scan by 2/26/2023. She will be considered ineligible for T20 matches in the WPL if not compliant.” This request was sent on Saturday, February 25 with a deadline of the following day – Sunday – making it nearly impossible to complete all prescribed medical tests, especially over the weekend.”

She said she was told by email the next day – Feb. 26 – from a senior manager at Adani Sportsline, which owns Giants, that she had “a solid role to play” with the WPL, but a new CT scan and report before March 1.

“While doing my very best to arrange an expedited CT scan in accordance with the various deadlines I was given, I received another email the next day (Monday, February 27), this time from the head of Adani Sportsline, stating that for their part they could not find a timely appointment for me at a private hospital and that they would therefore like to formally replace me in the League.

When reached out for comment, a Giants spokesperson told ESPNcricinfo that the franchise had nothing to add to their latest statement.