Shock retirement: West Indies star all-rounder announces retirement from International cricket

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Shock retirement: West Indies star all-rounder announces retirement from International cricket. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Star all-rounder Deandra Dottin has called time on her career for the West Indies, citing concerns of team culture for the snap decision.

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The 31-year-old all-rounder took to Twitter to make the announcement late on Sunday night in Birmingham, where she is on Commonwealth Games duty with Barbados.

In her statement, addressed to Cricket West Indies, Dottin acknowledged organisational troubles for the decision.

“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.

“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.”

Dottin has played in more than 260 internationals across the two white-ball formats, making in excess of 6000 runs and taking over 130 wickets.

West Indies. Deandra Dottin
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The all-rounder was at her world-class best at the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup earlier this year in New Zealand, showing nerves of steel to close out the tournament opener against the hosts with the ball, before taking one of the greatest catches in any global tournament against England to remove Lauren Winfield-Hill with a full stretch dive to her left.

The right-hander retires as the second-highest run-scorer for the West Indies in both women’s ODIs and T20Is, and fourth on the wicket-takers list for the side in the shorter format.

It’s understood Dottin will continue to play in the Barbadian Commonwealth Games campaign, with the Caribbean side set to take on India in a do-or-die group game on Wednesday.


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