West Indies women’s cricketer Deandra Dottin announce retirement between CWG, shocks cricket fraternity

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West Indies all-rounder Deandra Dottin announced her retirement from international cricket today, August 1 (Monday).

Dottin was recently playing in the Commonwealth Games against Australia and Pakistan in which she scored 8 runs off 5 (Pakistan), and 8 again but from 22 balls (Australia). She also conceded 25 runs in an over. Dottin’s availability for Barbados’ last CWG group-stage match against India, which must be won by both sides to advance, is still uncertain.

In her retirement note, posted on Twitter, Dottin wrote, “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 (conducive) to my ability to thrive and reignite my passion.

Since her debut in 2008, Dottin has participated in 146 ODIs and 126 T20Is. At her peak, she was one of the most destructive performers in the women’s game, both with the bat and the ball.

The full retirement note read, “Please accept this letter as my formal retirement from senior women’s West Indies team effective 1st July (August) 2022. This announcement has come with much contemplation as cricket has always been a passion of mine. However, when the passion burns out, one has to take time to reassess their commitment. 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 (conducive) to my ability to thrive and reignite my passion.

“I am appreciate (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. With much sadness but without regret, I realize I am no longer able to adhere to team culture and team environment as it has undermined my ability to perform excellently.”