“Thankful to Deandra for all she has done for cricket in the West Indies,” Matthews said when asked about her reaction to Dottin’s decision. “She’s clearly been a great player for us over the years and it’s sad to see her leave, but at the same time if it’s something she’s ready for then support her 100%.”
Matthews said she had not spoken to Dottin before the announcement and that she had “no interpretation” of Dottin’s comments about the team culture and environment.
“There have been many obstacles during my cricketing career that I have had to overcome, but the current climate and team environment is not conducive to my ability to thrive and rekindle my passion,” Dottin wrote in her announcement. “It is with great sadness but no regret that I realize that I am no longer able to adhere to the team culture and environment as it has undermined my ability to perform excellently.”
Although Matthews said she was “a little disappointed with the result” against India, she was proud of what her team had achieved with a mix of seven West Indian players among a group of players with no prior international experience.
“I think we put up a really good fight,” Matthews said. “The highlight was our first game against Pakistan and I think winning one of the three is better than many people expected from us. So even though we didn’t have the result we wanted today, I still think we have a great tournament , and the girls certainly learned a lot.
“Hopefully the West Indies and the whole Caribbean will push to put more into women’s cricket in the Caribbean. I think they’re doing a great job now. We’ve just had our regional tournament and if we can continue for the next few years to grow our domestic set-up hopefully we can see some of the younger players that we had today to compete at the highest level.”
After experiencing her first international captaincy with Barbados, which secured a place in the Commonwealth Games for being the 2019 T20 Blaze Champion, Matthews was eager to continue with the West Indies.
“I would have learned a lot during these three games by taking responsibility and working with a lot of younger players who were not that experienced at this level,” she said. “The support I have received from the team has been great.
“You probably think the pinnacle of career is whether you can lead your country or your country, so I think” [it was] definitely something I’ve been paying attention to. But [I’m] I’m just grateful to have had the opportunity to lead not only Barbados, but the region, and I’m really humbled by it.”