New Delhi: Gujarat Giants (GG) have announced South African opener Laura Wolvaardt to replace skipper Beth Mooney and wicket-keeper batsman in the ongoing Women’s Premier League (WPL) on Wednesday.
Laura Wolvaardt to replace Beth Mooney
Laure Wolvaard, who featured in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Women’s League exhibition matches, was released by the ‘Super Women’ team on Wednesday.
Wolvaardt hit an unbeaten 53 for her team in the women’s league. He just played one game and was released by his franchise.
“I would like to thank the PCB for giving me the opportunity to participate in the exhibition matches of the Women’s League. It was an incredibly short trip, but I really enjoyed the experience. The team was amazing and I felt very welcome. I wish both parties the best of luck for the rest of the series,” Laura Wolvaardt said in a statement.
I am sure that both sides will try hard, perform well and learn a lot from the experience of the matches. I am looking forward to returning to Pakistan in September with the South African Women’s National Team and learning more about this amazing country,” added Laura Wolvaardt.
Wolvaardt T20 World Cup Stats
Meanwhile, Wolvaardt is coming back from a successful T20 World Cup hosted by South Africa. He was the highest run scorer in the tournament with 230 runs. The right-handed batsman hit half-centuries in the semi-finals and final against England and Australia.
But unfortunately it remained unsold at the WPL auction. Its base price was INR 30 million.
Sneha Rana: Captain of GG
GG named captain Sneha Rana in place of the injured Beth Mooney.
Mooney, who suffered a knee injury against Mumbai Indians (MI) in the first match of the tournament. The Australian star batsman suffered the injury when he pulled one in front of him in the first over.
“I was really looking forward to my first WPL season… but unfortunately injuries are part and parcel of the sport and I’m shocked to have to miss the rest of the season,” Mooney said.
“I will be watching the team’s performance closely from afar and cheering them on every day,” he added.
“Although I will be out for the rest of the season, I am looking forward to coming back stronger, fitter and definitely hungrier for next season,” Mooney concluded.