Gujarat Giants skipper Beth Mooney has been ruled out of the remainder of the 2023 Women’s Premier League. South African cricketer Laura Wolvaardt will replace her in the team. Mooney suffered a calf injury in the second innings of the season opener of the tournament against Mumbai Indians last week. She retired hurt and did not take part further in the game.
Beth Mooney hasn’t played since the Mumbai Indians game in the 2023 Women’s Premier League. She has been advised to rest for 4-6 weeks. In her absence, Sneh Rana led the Gujarat Titans in the next two matches of the tournament. She will continue with the leadership role for the remainder of the season.
In a statement released by the franchise, Beth Mooney expressed that she is gutted to miss the tournament. However, she will be rooting for the Gujarat Giants throughout the season.
“I was really looking forward to the maiden WPL season with the Adani Gujarat Giants. But unfortunately, injuries are part and parcel of the sport and I am gutted to be missing the remainder of the season,” Mooney said in a statement.
“I, however, will be keeping a close eye on the team’s performance from afar and will be rooting for them every single day. And though I will be away from the field of play for the rest of the season, I am looking forward to coming back stronger, and fitter and I will definitely be hungrier next season. For now, I wish the Adani Gujarat Giants squad all the very best for the rest of the WPL season,” she added.
🚨 Beth Mooney has been ruled out of the inaugural season of the Women’s Premier League due to an injury. Laura Wolvaardt has been drafted in as her replacement.#WPL2023 #GujaratGiants #AdaniSportsline #Adani
— Gujarat Giants (@GujaratGiants) March 9, 2023
Excited to be joining the Gujarat Giants: Laura Wolvaardt
Right-handed batter Laura Wolvaardt has been signed by the Gujarat Giants to replace Beth Mooney. The South African cricketer was playing in the PCB’s Women’s League exhibition matches. But has been released by her team Super Women for the 2023 Women’s Premier League.
“I am so excited to be joining the Gujarat Giants. It is an incredible opportunity and I’m very grateful to be able to play in the WPL. I look forward to meeting up with the team and cannot wait to get going,” said Laura Wolvaardt.
Gujarat Giants defeated the Royal Challengers Bangalore on Wednesday, March 8 to mark their first win of the season. They are fourth on the points table with two points from three matches. The franchise will take on the Delhi Capitals next on March 11 at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai.
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