Deandra Dottin’s shock retirement took Hayley Matthews by surprise

Barbados and West Indies captain Hayley Matthews has stated she had no warning that Deandra Dottin was planning to retire from worldwide cricket halfway via the Commonwealth Video games, and is planning to debate the matter together with her team-mate now that their marketing campaign in Birmingham is over.
Matthews, who was appointed as West Indies captain in June, stated she was as shocked as anybody by Dottin’s shock announcement by way of Twitter on Monday, citing issues over the workforce atmosphere.

“Grateful to Deandra for every thing she’s executed for West Indies cricket,” Matthews stated when requested about her response to Dottin’s choice. “She’s clearly been a beautiful participant for us over the past couple of years, and it is unhappy to see her go, however on the similar time if it is one thing that she’s prepared for, then supporting her 100%.”

Matthews stated she hadn’t spoken to Dottin earlier than the announcement and that she had “no interpretation” of Dottin’s feedback in regards to the workforce tradition and atmosphere.

“[I’m] clearly down right here representing Barbados and every thing, so most likely not seeking to converse an excessive amount of on that in the meanwhile,” Matthews stated on Wednesday after her aspect suffered a 100-run defeat in opposition to India of their ultimate Group A sport. “However yeah, I undoubtedly would have a chat together with her and see how issues go.”
Barbados received their opening match of the Commonwealth Video games in opposition to Pakistan by 15 runs earlier than shedding by 9 wickets to gold-medal favourites Australia on Sunday.
The next day, Dottin printed a letter addressed to Cricket West Indies on Twitter saying her “formal retirement from the senior girls’s West Indies workforce efficient 1st July 2022”. Dottin, who has a contract to play within the Hundred for Manchester Originals and can captain Trinbago Knight Riders within the Ladies’s CPL, additionally stated that she was “trying ahead to taking part in home cricket around the globe”.

“There have been many obstacles throughout my cricket profession that I’ve needed to overcome, nonetheless, the present local weather and workforce atmosphere has been non-conducive to my capability to thrive and reignite my ardour,” Dottin wrote in her announcement. “With a lot disappointment however with out remorse, I realise that I’m not capable of adhere to workforce tradition and workforce atmosphere because it has undermined my capability to carry out excellently.”

Dottin, the scorer of the quickest century in Ladies’s T20Is and West Indies’ most-capped worldwide cricketer, having performed 124 T20Is and 143 ODIs for them, had a lacklustre Commonwealth Video games. She performed three T20Is for Barbados, scoring 8, 8 and 0, and taking 1 for 65 from six overs within the event.
When she juggled a catch working from level to quick cowl, the ball bouncing out of her hand and onto her chin earlier than she held on on the second seize to dismiss India’s Taniya Bhatia off Matthew’s bowling on Wednesday, the Barbados team-mates shared fun and a heat hug.

Whereas Matthews stated she was “a bit upset with the consequence” in opposition to India, she was pleased with what her workforce had achieved with a mixture of seven West Indies-capped gamers amongst a clutch of gamers with out prior worldwide skilled.

“I feel we put up a very good battle,” Matthews stated. “The spotlight was our first sport in opposition to Pakistan and successful one out of three I feel is best than lots of people anticipated us to do. So though we did not have the consequence we wished immediately, I nonetheless suppose we had a fantastic event, and the women had been capable of be taught lots for certain.

“Hopefully spurs West Indies and all the Caribbean to wish to put extra into girls’s cricket throughout the Caribbean. I feel they’re doing a fantastic job now. We simply had our regional event, and if over the subsequent couple of years we will proceed to develop our home set-up, hopefully, we will see some youthful gamers that we had immediately having the ability to compete on the highest stage.”

Having had her first style of worldwide captaincy with Barbados, who secured a spot on the Commonwealth Video games on the power of being T20 Blaze champions in 2019, Matthews was eager to hold on with West Indies.

“I might have realized lots simply all through these three video games, taking duty and dealing with a number of the youthful gamers who weren’t as skilled at this stage,” she stated. “The assist I’ve gotten from the workforce has been wonderful.

“You most likely suppose that the top of the profession is in the event you can lead out your nation or your nation, so I feel [it was] undoubtedly one thing I eyed up. However [I’m] simply grateful that I have been given the chance to guide not solely Barbados however the area as effectively and actually humbled by it.”

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