Asked about his reaction to Dottin’s decision, Mathews said, “Thank you Deindra for everything she has done for West Indies cricket.” “She’s obviously been an amazing player for us over the years, and it’s sad to see her go, but at the same time if it’s something she’s up for, support her 100%.”
Matthews said he had not spoken to Dottin prior to the announcement and that he had “no interpretation” of Dottin’s comments about team culture and the environment.
Dottin wrote in his announcement, “During my cricket career there have been many hurdles that I have had to overcome, however, the current environment and team environment have not been conducive to my ability to flourish and rekindle my passion.” “With great sadness but without regret, I realized that I am no longer able to adhere to the team culture and team environment as it has reduced my ability to excel.”
While Mathews said she was “a bit disappointed with the result” against India, she was proud of what her team achieved with a mix of seven West Indies-capped players with no prior international experience. was.
“I think we fought a really good fight,” Mathews said. “Our first match against Pakistan was the highlight and I think winning one out of three is better than a lot of people expected. So although we didn’t get the result we wanted today, I still think we have There was a great tournament, and the girls were definitely able to learn a lot.
“Hopefully the West Indies and the whole Caribbean want to put more into women’s cricket within the Caribbean. I think they are doing a great job now. We just had our regional tournament, and if we continue in the next few years To continue to develop our domestic set-up, hopefully we can see some young players who were able to compete at the highest level we have today.”
After taking his first taste of international captaincy with Barbados, which made it to the Commonwealth Games in 2019 on the strength of being the T20 Blaze champions, Mathew was keen to go ahead with West Indies.
“I would have learned a lot by taking responsibility in all three of these matches and working with a lot of young players who weren’t that experienced at this level,” he said. “The support I have received from the team is amazing.
“You probably think that the pinnacle of a career is if you can lead your country or your country, I guess [it was] Definitely something I saw. but [I’m] I am grateful that I have been given the opportunity to lead not only Barbados but also the region and I am really humbled by that.”