West Indies women all-rounder Deandra Dottin has announced her retirement from international cricket with immediate effect on Monday (August 1). The announcement came a few hours after Barbados’s nine-wicket loss against Australia in the ongoing Commonwealth Games Women’s Cricket Competition 2022.
Notably, in the contest, Dottin conceded 25 runs in the one over after scoring a 22-ball 8. Overall, she is West Indies’ most-capped international cricketer, having played 124 T20Is and 143 ODIs since her debut in June 2008.
Dottin has scored 3727 ODI runs at an average of 30.54, including three hundreds, and 2697 T20I runs – 2681 for West Indies -with two centuries. The Barbados-born shared a lengthy retirement note on Twitter in which she mentioned that the current team environment has been non-conductive to her ability to thrive.
“To whom it may concern. Please accept this letter as my formal retirement from the senior women’s West Indies team, effective July 1, 2022. This announcement has come with much contemplation as cricket has always been a passion of mine,” wrote Dottin in her statement.
“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,” Dotting added.
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