After the pathetic 9 wickets loss to the Australia in Commonwealth Games, Barbados all rounder Deandra Dottin decided to take retirement from International cricket. Just a few hours after the match, she announced her retirement via the social media. The 31 years old mentioned about her team’s culture as a reason behind her retirement.
In the statement, the all rounder addressed the Cricket West Indies on Twitter that ‘the current climate and team environment has been non-conductive to my ability to thrive and reignite my passion’ and the retirement news seemingly caught team hierarchy by surprise.
However, the Caribbean side took more than a week to wish Dottin. Dottin has been the second-highest West Indian run-scorer both in women’s ODIs and T20Is.
Walsh paying tribute to Dottin on Monday. He said,
“Deandra is one of the most athletic and dynamic players in the history of women’s cricket and I want to take this opportunity to congratulate her on what has been 14 years of performance excellence for the West Indies.”
Walsh further added,
“During my time as head coach I have been able to see her brilliance up close on the field, and she always gave it everything.”
Jimmy Adams, the director of Cricket West Indies also followed Walsh. Adams said,
“On behalf of all here at CWI, I want to congratulate Deandra on what has been an outstanding career covering almost a decade-and-a-half, during which time she has contributed immensely to Barbados and West Indies cricket.”
He also said,
“Her outstanding achievements on the field of play are a testament to her dedication, commitment and hard work which were the hallmark of her approach to the game. We wish her all the success possible in her future endeavours.”
Deandra Jalisa Shakira Dottin: The Barbadian Athlete
Dottin has represented West Indies in more than 260 internationals in both the white-ball formats. She scored an excess of 6000 runs and took over 130 wickets. However, Dottin has been a track and field athlete in her pre cricketing career. This was quite visible in the skills she exposed while fielding.
The catch she took at the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022 to dismiss Lauren Winfield-Hill of England was extraordinary. It was a world class dive from Dottin to her left with full stretch. Moreover, at the same tournament, she put another great show while dismissing Laura Wolvaardt of South Africa.
Dottin has been an integral member in winning the T-20 World Cup in India, back in 2016. She scored a 18 not out while too two wickets in the final to guide WI to lift the trophy. However, Dottin will continue playing for the domestic matches, as well as league all over the world. took
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