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Dottin ready to lead the West Indies pack

Eighteen-year-old Barbadian Deandra Dottin is a hard-hitting right hand batter who is ready to pile on the runs for the host nation in the ICC Women's World Twenty20.

Eighteen-year-old Barbadian Deandra Dottin is a hard-hitting right hand batter who is ready to pile on the runs for the host nation in the ICC Women's World Twenty20.


The tournament's group stages are being played at Warner Park on St Kitts and Dottin is eager to show the Caribbean islands and the world what the West Indies women team is made of.


"We're all excited about the tournament and I feel good about us hosting the tournament. I think that the West Indies has a lot to offer with both our batting and bowling and there are a large amount of players who are key to our success in recent months.


"I definitely think Stafanie Taylor will be one to watch and Stacey-Ann King and I also think spectators should keep an eye out for me too – I'm not saying we're the only three we've got a lot of players who can do really well in this format," she said.


Dottin was part of Merissa Aguilleira's side that beat England resoundingly in November last year in both an ODI and Twenty20 series and it is a feat the side wishes to continue doing.


"Winning both series against England and in St Kitts works in our favour I think as when we now face England in the group stages we won't be scared of them because we know we can take them on and not feel like we can't beat them.


"We know we've got the skills within our set up to beat the England team - but with Claire Taylor back in the side and Charlotte Edwards, their captain - they have some dangerous players  so I think that might make things hard for us," she added.


This year will again see the ICC World Twenty20 women's semi-finals and final played alongside the men in a double-header format – something Dottin thinks will be incredible if the West Indies women make it all the way.


"It would be great to make the finals and have the chance alongside the men's and if the West Indies men and women got to play alongside each other it would be incredible.


"I think having the pressure of being in our home grounds will help us as we don't want to disappoint our fans and the people of the Caribbean."


Dottin is another female cricketer who is a talented sportswoman, she's previously played soccer and has also won a number of medals in the athletic disciplines of javelin, discus and shot-put but she is willing to sacrifice all for cricket at the moment.


"I used to play football – I got injured too much so I had to stop and so I then took up athletics – shot-put, javelin and discus and I won three gold medals and I want to continue but I don't train enough and I want to focus on my cricket and then I'll maybe go back to athletics.


"My main focus at the moment is to perform for the West Indies and for us to get all the way to the finals in Barbados. I can't even imagine what it would be like right now to be playing on my home ground of the Kensington Oval – it would be incredible," she concluded.

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