Deandra Dottin – I would like to make it clear that I experienced…
West Indies’ Deandra Dottin has stated the Gujarat Giants team’s controversial withdrawal of her from the inaugural Women’s Premier League while Dottin had been pulled out due to medical issue claimed the Giants and replaced her with Kim Garth.
West Indies’ Deandra Dottin has stated the Gujarat Giants team’s controversial withdrawal of her from the inaugural Women’s Premier League.
Dottin had been pulled out due to a medical issue, claimed the Giants, and had replaced her with Kim Garth.
By posting cryptic messages on her social media accounts, the player denied those allegations, which stoked the controversy.
She has now come out with her side of events in a detailed statement put out on Twitter.
In the statement, Dottin explains that her communications with the Adani-group led franchise had left her “disappointed” and the exclusion having “bewildering reasoning”.
“At the commencement of the tournament, the franchise claimed that I was excluded from the team because I was apparently ‘recovering from a medical situation’. This was followed by a subsequent, clarifying statement that contended that I was, in fact ‘unable to obtain medical clearance’ despite being granted as recently as February 20th.”
Dottin claimed that she had an injury for which rest was prescribed until mid-February.
“I would like to make it clear that I had experienced minor abdominal pain and swelling for which I had sought treatment in December 2022. This was followed by two further referrals to specialists for second opinions in December and January 2023, respectively. Following testing and investigations by the specialists, I was asked to rest until February 13 and was cleared to resume fitness and playing activity from February 14.”
Dottin goes on to say that she resumed training with “acceptable” levels of pain about which she had been in contact with the Giants’ physiotherapist.
“However, this was misconstrued and later conveyed to members of the franchise’s management as me ‘experiencing abdominal pain post-session: which was not what I had indicated,’she said in the statement throwing the spotlight on the physio, and communication.
She goes on to say that even though her treating surgeon gave her the necessary clearances and the Giants insisted on another fitness clearance.
“Whilst I was trying my utmost to arrange an expedited CT scan under the various deadlines I was being served, I received yet another email the following day (sic) this time from the Head of Adani Sportsline, stating that they were unable to find me a timely appointment at a private hospital from their end and that they would, thus, formally be seeking to replace me in the League,”she said.