The 31-year-old West Indies Women’s National Cricket Team star all-rounder Deandra Dottin has shockingly announced her retirement from international cricket, citing concerns about the team environment for her decision.
Dottin was the first player in the history of WT20Is to smash a century. She smashed her terrific ton in the match against South Africa Women’s National Cricket Team in the ICC Women’s World Twenty20. The star all-rounder scored an unbeaten 112 runs at Warner Park in Basseterre. Also, her 38-ball ton is the fastest in WT20Is.
Meanwhile, Deandra Dottin, who played for Barbados Women, London Spirit, Trailblazers, Supernovas, Barmy Army Women and West Indies Women during her illustrious career, took to Twitter to make her shocking retirement announcement late on Sunday night.
“Thanks to all for the love and support with in my past 14 years of playing cricket for West Indies! I look forward to be playing domestic cricket around the world,” she tweeted.
Thanks to all for the love and support with in my past 14 years of playing cricket for West Indies! I look forward to be playing domestic cricket around the world pic.twitter.com/Vmw6AqpYQJ
— Deandra Dottin (@Dottin_5) July 31, 2022
Overall, she played 143 WODIs and scored 3727 runs at an average of 30.54, including 3 centuries and 22 half-centuries. She played 126 WT20Is and smashed 2697 runs at an average of 25.93, including 2 centuries and 12 half-centuries. Also, with the ball, she picked up 72 wickets in WODIs and 62 wickets in WT20Is.
With much sadness but without regret, I realise that I am no longer able to adhere to team culture – Deandra Dottin
In a message posted on her official Twitter handle, Dottin stated that she had overcome many obstacles in her career but the current climate and environment of the team have been “non-conductive” to her ability to prosper and reignite her passion.
“This announcement has come with much contemplation as cricket has always been a passion of mine. However, when the fire burns out, one has to take time to reassess their commitment,” the post read.
“There have been many obstacles during my cricket career that I have had to overcome however, the current climate and team environment has been non-conductive to my ability to thrive and reignite my passion.
“I am appreciative of the opportunities afforded to me and I have ruminated on my decision over a period of time. Playing for the West Indies and representing the region has been an honour. During my 14 years of playing, I have trained at my best and grown as a player physically, mentally and emotionally. It is the combination of this growth that has assisted me in reflecting on what is truly important to me,” she added.
“With much sadness but without regret, I realise that I am no longer able to adhere to team culture and team environment as it has undermined my ability to perform excellently. I wish the organization and the team all the best in the future,” she further stated.
Meanwhile, Deandra Dottin retires as the second-highest run-scorer for the West Indies Women’s National Cricket Team in both WODIs and WT20Is. Also, she retires as the fourth highest wicket-taker for the side in the shorter format.
She is currently in Birmingham with Team Barbados for the Commonwealth Games 2022 Women’s Cricket Competition and it is understood that the star all-rounder will continue to play in the tournament.
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