The first-ever edition of the historic Women’s T20 League is just a few hours away from kick-off with the tournament opener between Gujarat and Mumbai at the Dr. DY Patil Sports Academy in Mumbai. Although the Gujarat franchise has landed in a controversy regarding their star player Deandra Dottin.
Earlier, a few of the media reports understood that the veteran Caribbean all-rounder is reportedly ruled out of the inaugural edition of the Women’s T20 League due to an injury. But later on, Dottin herself debunked all the speculations by declaring herself completely fit and available for the tournament.
This ignited a bit of controversy and also gave a chance to a section of cricket fans to come up with some interesting reactions both for the franchise and the star all-rounder. They took to Twitter to speculate about an upcoming controversy even before the start of the tournament.
Here’s how fans reacted:
Shuru hua nhi controversy pehle aagyi😂😭— Basanti🐎 (@bassbasanti) March 4, 2023
Chalu...even before the start of tournament— 🇮🇳 (@happygoluckyim) March 4, 2023
Women's IPL is getting exciting before the first match😂.— SUYASH_0403 (@ShirodkarSuyash) March 4, 2023
here we go ! our first controversy even before the WPL kickoff. 🤓— Simmu✨ (@meownces) March 4, 2023
Deandra dottin's Instagram story : pic.twitter.com/w57LXUupjw— Cricpedia (@_Cricpedia) March 4, 2023
What can you expect from adani company— Vicky (@okhtcbj) March 4, 2023
Controversy before the first game 😋😆— Utsav 🇮🇳 (@imutsav_) March 4, 2023
Here starts the first and fresh controversy of WPL.— VK18 (@SG_1511) March 4, 2023
Here’s a look at Gujarat’s squad before the first match against Mumbai:
Ash Gardner, Sneh Rana (Vice-Captain), Beth Mooney (C), Georgia Wareham, Annabel Sutherland, Sophia Dunkley, Kim Garth, Hurley Gala, Sushma Verma, Tanuja Kanwar, Harleen Deol, Ashwani Kumari, S Meghana, Mansi Joshi, D Hemalatha, Monica Patel, Parunika Sisodia, Shabnam Shakil.
Here’s a look at Mumbai’s squad before the tournament opener against Beth Mooney’s Gujarat:
Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Amanjot Kaur, Hayley Matthews, Heather Graham, Issy Wong, Chloe Tryon, Priyanka Bala, Dhara Gujjar, Saika Ishaque, Humairaa Kaazi, Sonam Yadav, Jintimani Kalita, Neelam Bisht, Nat Sciver-Brunt, Pooja Vastrakar, Yastika Bhatia, Amelia Kerr.
Here’s a look at the squads of the other three teams participating in the Women’s T20 League 2023:
Bangalore: Smriti Mandhana (c), Sophie Devine, Heather Knight, Megan Schutt, Kanika Ahuja, Erin Burns, Dane van Niekerk, Preeti Bose, Komal Zanzad, Disha Kasat, Indrani Roy, Shreyanka Patil, Asha.
Delhi: Meg Lanning (C), Alice Capsey, Shikha Pandey, Jess Jonassen, Laura Harris, Radha Yadav, Minnu Mani, Taniya Bhatia, Poonam Yadav, Sneha Deepthi, Arundhati Reddy, Titas Sadhu, Jasia Akhter, Tara Norris, Aparna Mondal, Jemimah Rodrigues, Shafali Verma, Marizanne Kapp.
UP: Alyssa Healy (c), Deepti Sharma (vc), Grace Harris, Anjali Sarvani, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Shweta Sehrawat, Kiran Navgire, Lauren Bell, Parshavi Chopra, S Yashasri, Laxmi Yadav, Simran Shaikh, Sophie Ecclestone, Tahlia McGrath, Devika Vaidya, Shabnim Ismail.