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by EZRA STUARTRECORD-BREAKING female cricketer Deandra Dottin has had her stumps shattered.  Dottin, 19, has not been bowled over by a bowler in a competitive match but has been dumped from the national team.   The attacking right-handed “batter” who created history in May when she smashed the fastest ever century in a women’s Twenty20 match, has been removed from the Barbados team, which was scheduled to play its first match in the West Indies tournament against Jamaica in St Vincent, yesterday.  WEEKENDSPORT understands from at least two reliable sources close to the team, that allrounder Dottin had a heated verbal exchange with a member of the management team during a pre-tournament training camp at the Barbados Workers Union.  It is understood that team manager Patricia Greenidge, who is also a Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) board member and chairperson of the women’s selection panel, reported the matter to the BCA.
  However, Dottin, who was asked to leave the camp, was reported to have subsequently apologised for her tirade.  It could not be ascertained whether any formal charges were laid against Dottin or whether she had breached the BCA’s Code of Conduct.  Consequently, she did not travel with the team when it left for St Vincent and the Grenadines on Monday. Her place has been taken by 41-year-old Isha Forde, a reserve wicket-keeper while Rashida Goring and Monique Best were overlooked.  When contacted yesterday in St Vincent, Greenidge declined to comment on the matter.  The BCA has not issued a Press release on such an important matter, surrounding one of the team’s most celebrated cricketers, who may not now be eligible to gain selection on the West Indies team for the tour to South Africa in October because of her non-participation in the regional tournament.
   Dottin grabbed international headlines n May when she hit an amazing 112 not out off 45 balls against South Africa at Warner Park during the ICC World Twenty20 Championship.  She clouted nine sixes and seven fours and her century was posted off a mere 38 balls, the fastest by a man or a woman in an international cricket match.  The versatile Dottin, who also created history at the 2007 CARIFTA Games when she won gold medals in javelin, shot put and discus events, also has the fastest 50 in T20 cricket. She took just 22 balls to reach the landmark in a knock against Australia at Taunton, Somerset in England, last year.  

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