‘Door still open’ – Dr Kishore Shallow on Dottin’s return for West Indies women’s team

Deandra Dottin of the West Indies women’s cricket team announced 2022 on Twitter that she is retiring from the national team. The all-rounder had mentioned in her message about this sudden decision,

“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-conducive to my ability to thrive and reignite my passion.”

However, West Indies vice-president of cricket Dr Kishore Shallow said the door remains open if Dedra Dottin decides to return to the West Indies women’s team.

Additionally, former West Indies captain Sir Clive Lloyd, a former West Indies lead selector, spoke about Dottin’s retire on the Mason and Guest radio show on Tuesday.

“I want to ask (a question), concerning Dottin, who I think is one of the finest players we have produced. I want to know when she decided to retire, did anybody have a word with her to try and get some sponsorship and encourage her to continue playing.?”

“Because if she had played in that World Cup the other day, I am sure instead of making 140, we would have got to 160 or more and we would have probably won another one of those games that we lost and we would have qualified and I think we would have had a much better all-round team.”

“She can bowl and she is a terrific fielder and I don’t think we have enough women playing at the moment that we can afford to lose her.”

Shallow, who is contesting the CWI presidency at this month’s general assembly, said it is not too late for the Barbados all-rounder to reconsider her decision to ditch the maroon colours.

He spoke in response to a question from former West Indies captain Sir Clive Lloyd about Dottin’s passing on the Mason and Guest radio show on Tuesday.

“I don’t think it is too late to start to reconvene and resume that conversation.”

“Deandra is a massive loss to West Indies cricket and I think most of us were surprised when she announced her retirement and I would say that a conversation should be had at this point. As I understand, there were conversations with her and there were different and many attempts to ask her to continue playing the game or at least just take a break from it and then reconsider.”

“Hopefully after some time away from the game, she would reconsider and who knows probably come back and play for West Indies.” the CWI presidential candidate.”

“Tremendous potential in the West Indies women’s team that competed in the World Cup in South Africa.”

“If Deandra is back in that team, I am sure the team will welcome her and I am sure Haley Matthews will be able to do more on her batting and we will be able to get a bit more from her like we’ve seen from the couple of matches she has played in India so far.”

“But I think it is just a matter of trying and we won’t stop trying. I can guarantee that I am not going to stop trying to sort of ensure that Deandra knows there is an open door for her if she wants to return to West Indies cricket.”

Dottin is West Indies’ most-capped international cricketer, having played 124 T20Is and 143 ODIs since her debut in June 2008. She has scored 3727 ODI runs at an average of 30.54, including three hundred, and 2697 T20I runs at 25.93, with two hundred. 62 T20 wickets and 72 ODI wickets are among her performances.

Of the 38 batsmen who have scored at least 1000 T20I runs, only four have a better strike rate than Dottin’s 122.98. She also scored the fastest century in the Women’s T20I.

In the 2010 T20 World Cup, she scored an unbeaten 112 off 38 balls against South Africa in St. Kitts. It remains the women’s T20I record and was the overall record in all T20Is until October 2017, when South Africa’s David Miller scored a 35-ball century against Bangladesh.

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