Lauren Cheatle Will Miss WPL 2024 Following Surgery for Skin Cancer

Lauren Cheatle

Cheatle, who made her Test debut against IIND in last December, underwent the procedure on Wednesday

Vishal Singh Feb. 5, 2024

The Women's Premier League (WPL) 2024 will not feature Australia pacer Lauren Cheatle since she had surgery to remove skin cancer from her neck. Cheatle underwent the treatment on Wednesday. She made her Test debut against India in December of last year.

Tough time for Lauren -

The WPL will start in Bengaluru on February 23,2024. The Gujarat Giants recruited left-arm quick Cheatle at the December auction. The 25-year-old, who received a similar procedure in 2021, will also be sidelined for the remainder of New South Wales' Women's National Cricket League season.

"Cheatle is aiming to return to training with NSW following the players' scheduled off-season break,"
a Cricket New South Wales statement said

Cheatle has suffered numerous injuries in the past, including biceps surgery and reconstructions of her left and right shoulders. This is the most recent setback for her.

“I’ve faced numerous challenges with my body, including multiple shoulder surgeries and a cancer scare. Despite the difficulties, I’m thrilled to receive the opportunity to go to India. The fourth shoulder surgery was particularly tough, and the cancer scare was unexpected and frightening. It forced me to rethink how I approach injuries and recovery. It’s a scary chapter in my career that will always stay with me,”
~remarked Cheatle in November

Lauren's absence from the Gujarat Giants for the forthcoming season is a serious loss, since the club supported by the Adani Group was the worst-performing group in the initial season, finishing last with just two wins in eight games.

Speaking of Lauren, she arrived in Australia for the first time in 2016. Throughout 12 matches in every format, the 25-year-old has claimed seven wickets. In addition, Cheatle works for the disability assistance organization What Ability, so she stays busy off the pitch.