Deandra Dottin’s shock retirement took Hayley Matthews by surprise

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Barbados and West Indies captain Hayley Matthews has said she had not warned that Deandra Dottin was planning to retire from international cricket halfway through the Commonwealth Games, and plans to discuss the matter with her teammate now their campaign in Birmingham is over.
Matthews, who was named West Indies captain in June, said she was as surprised as anyone by Dottin’s shock announcement via Twitter on Monday, citing concerns about the team environment.

“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.

“[I’m] clearly down here representing Barbados and all, so probably I don’t want to say too much about that at the moment,” Matthews said on Wednesday after her side suffered a 100-point loss to India in their last Group A match.” But yes, I would definitely talk to her and see how it goes.”
Barbados won their opening match of the Commonwealth Games against Pakistan by 15 runs before losing by nine wickets to gold medal favorites Australia on Sunday.
The following day, Dottin posted a letter addressed to Cricket West Indies on Twitter announcing her “formal retirement from the West Indies senior women’s team effective July 1, 2022”. Dottin, who has a contract to play in the Hundred for Manchester Originals and will captain Trinbago Knight Riders in the Women’s CPL, also said she was “looking forward to playing domestic cricket around the world”.

“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.”

Dottin, the goalscorer of the fastest century in Women’s T20Is and the West Indies’ most awarded international cricketer, with 124 T20Is and 143 ODIs ahead of them, had a lackluster Commonwealth Games. She played three T20Is for Barbados, scoring 8, 8 and 0, taking 1 for 65 from six overs in the tournament.
As she juggled a catch that ran from point to short cover, the ball bounced off her hand and onto her chin before clinging to the second grab to send Indian Taniya Bhatia off Matthew’s bowling Wednesday, the Barbados teammates shared. a smile and a warm hug.

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.”

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