Deandra Dottin, apart from being the first woman to score a T20 ton, also smashed the fastest century ever in T20 International cricket. It not only dragged West Indies out of the pits but also helped them pin the Proteas down by 17 runs.
The beginning was auspicious for the hulking Caribbean women, but the road ahead had its own hurdles for Dottin’s career.
With the willow, she has displayed exhilarating prowess and has rescued her team on several occasions. Despite being a hard-hitting batter who likes to live by the sword, she has displayed a tremendous level of maturity, which has made her reliable in the middle order.
Amidst her dream run, she suffered a serious head clash during Brisbane Heat’s encounter with the Melbourne Stars on 27th December 2016. As a result, she remained out for nearly a month. A major surgery that involved the insertion of screws and several titanium platers didn’t stop her for too long as she returned back to action before the end of the tournament.
In an attempt to save a boundary, she crashed in severely with teammate Laura Harris and was taken off on a stretcher. Post that she has been out of the squad since February due to a prolonged shoulder injury.
Now finally, Deandra Dottin has been named with 20 other players by Cricket West Indies’ Selection Panel, for a pre-World Cup camp.
The pre World Cup camp is scheduled from January 6th to 25th, during which the final squad for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup will be selected before departure to Australia. The ICC Women’s T20 World Cup will take place between February 21 and March 8.
“The panel has selected a squad showing a mix of youth and experience in preparation for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup. The recently concluded Women’s Franchise Tournament in Trinidad also gave the panel an opportunity to view the players in a T20 setting just prior to the World Cup.” – she added.
“Deandra Dottin seemed to return right where she left off before her injury and had remarkable performances from the first match. Shamilia Connell and Shakera Selman are also returning from injury and the panel hopes that by the time the final selection is to be made for the World Cup, all players will be fit and ready.” – Ann Browne-John.
The 21-member Training Camp Squad:
Stafanie Taylor, Deandra Dottin, Shamilia Connell, Hayley Matthews, Aaliyah Alleyne, Shakera Selman, Sheneta Grimmond, Kaysia Schultz, Shabika Gajnabi, Cherry Ann Fraser, Shemaine Campbelle, Chinelle Henry, Natasha McLean, Chedean Nation, Shawnisha Hector, Anisa Mohammed, Lee Ann Kirby, Karishma Ramharack, Caneisha Isaac, Britney Cooper, and Afy Fletcher.
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