Barbados’ top female cricketer and one of the world’s best, Deandra Dottin, has been suspended for a Code of Conduct breach committed in Barbados last year during the Twenty20 International Tri-Nation Series that included New Zealand, England and the West Indies.
Dottin, 22, a contracted player with the West Indies Cricket Board and the first woman to score a century in Twenty20 International cricket, will miss the upcoming tour to New Zealand as part of her suspension.
The talented right-handed batter has also been mandated by the WICB to undergo counselling and she will be monitored and evaluated for a period of 12 months.
“The charge was that under Rule No. 6 of the WICB’s Code of Conduct she did ‘engage in behaviour unbecoming that could bring the game of cricket into disrepute or be harmful to the interests of cricket’.
“On December 16, 2013 Dottin met with the WICB’s Disciplinary Committee where on review of the presentations and evidence presented to the Tribunal she was found guilty of the charge,” an official statement from the WICB revealed today.
The board stated that Dottin had apologized for her actions and would, provided she fulfilled the terms of her suspension, be allowed to meet two of her biggest cricketing idols “as a means of mentorship”.
One of the most powerful players in the women’s game, Dottin has played 71 One-Day Internationals and 61 Twenty20 Internationals, helping the West Indies reach the final of the ICC Women’s World Cup last year and the semi-finals of the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 in 2010.
Earlier in that tournament, she hit 112 not out against South Africa to become the first woman to reach three figures in a Twenty20 International. She remains one of only two players to have achieved the feat, Shandre Fritz hitting 116 against the Netherlands later in 2010.
Despite her misconduct during the series, she was named Player Of The Series as the West Indies beat England to win the Twenty20 International tri-series on home soil late last year. (windiescricket)