Deandra Dottin announces retirement from the senior West Indies team

Deandra Dottin in action. ©ICC

West Indies allrounder and T20 World Cup winner, Deandra Dottin, has announced her retirement from the senior West Indies team. The 31-year-old, who made her international debut in 2008, is currently representing Barbados in the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

In her letter addressed to Cricket West Indies (CWI), Dottin has given the reason behind her decision to announce her retirement. “This announcement has come with much contemplation as cricket has always been a passion of mine,” Dottin mentioned in her letter before adding, ”However, when the fire 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 to my ability to thrive and reignite my passion.”

Dottin has represented West Indies on more than 250 occasions across formats. She has scored 6000+ runs and has taken 134 wickets across formats. She was also part of the West Indies squad that won the T20 World Cup in 2016. Dottin was a crucial part of the squad that reached the semi-final of the ODI World Cup in New Zealand in 2022. 

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Dottin, who became the first player to score the century in T20Is in 2010, thanked CWI and her teammates in her message. “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,” she added.

Dottin’s last international assignment as a West Indies player was the World Cup 2022 in New Zealand. Since that tournament, she has continued to play in domestic competitions like the Women’s T20 Challenge and Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy. She will continue to play in the domestic leagues all over the world. 

“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 that I am no longer able to adhere to team culture and team environment as it has undermined my ability to perform excellently,” Dottin concluded.