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WICB Suspends Deandra Dottin

Deandra Dottin hits out
Deandra Dottin in action during the 2013 World Cup in India
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The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has suspended Deandra Dottin, one of their star players, for a Code of Conduct breach during a Twenty20 match last year.

Dottin, the first woman to score a century in Twenty20 International cricket, will miss the upcoming tour to New Zealand as part of her suspension.

She will also undergo counselling, monitoring and evaluation for a period of 12 months.

"The West Indies Cricket Board on Monday announced that Deandra Dottin has received a suspension" a statement confirmed.

"This follows an incident during last year’s Women’s Tri-Nation T20 Series in Barbados.
"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."

Dottin apologised for her actions and will, provided she fulfils the terms of her suspension, be allowed to meet two of her biggest cricketing idols 'as a means of mentorship', according to the WICB.

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.

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