4 West Indies women players announce retirement from International Cricket

Antigua, Jan 19 (UNI) Anisa Mohammed, Shakera Selman, Kycia Knight and Kyshona Knight recently communicated their decision to retire from the game, Cricket West Indies (CWIa) confirmed on Thursday night.

The four players had remarkable careers with the West Indies, and together, they were members of the triumphant squad at the 2016 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup held in India.

Mohammed’s career spanned over 20 years for West Indies, with the right-arm off-spinner making her debut way back in 2003 at the age of 15. She went on to represent West Indies in 141 ODIs and 117 T20Is, scalping a total of 305 wickets during her international career.

In 2016, Mohammed became the first ever player – male or female – to take 100 wickets in the T20I format, an ICC report said.

Anisa Mohammed – West Indies’ spin wizard Announcing her retirement, she said, “The last 20 years have been truly amazing. I have enjoyed every single minute of it. The highs and the lows. I believe the time has come for me to step away from the game and allow the young players to live their dreams as I have lived mine.”

“I was privileged enough to step onto the field wearing my maroon 258 times in my career. I have represented West Indies in five (5) ODI World Cups and seven (7) T20 World Cups. To my fellow teammates, thank you for all the love and respect shown to me during my time with you. You’ll have made my journey a memorable experience,” she said

Shakera Selman, a right-arm pacer, made her debut in 2008 and went on to pick up 133 wickets in 196 games across the two white-ball formats.

In her statement, Selman said, “This marks my final bow after 18 incredible years. I am proud of playing with and against legends, and lucky to have dismissed a few. My aim was always to inspire and assist others in their dreams.”

“I owe immense gratitude to God, my supportive family and friends, and to CWI, my teammates, and the medical and management teams for their unwavering guidance,” she said

Twins Kycia Knight and Kyshona Knight made their West Indies debut in 2011 and 2013 respectively.

Kycia, a wicketkeeper by trait, holds multiple records behind the stumps, including most dismissals (5) in Women’s T20I innings, most stumpings (4) in an innings and tied for most catches (4) in an innings.

Kycia played 157 matches for West Indies in the shorter formats, aggregating 2128 runs. Her sister Kyshona, a left-handed batter, scored 1397 runs in 106 matches for West Indies.

Their statement said, “As this marks the end of an enjoyable and amazing journey, we would like to take this time to thank our family, friends, teammates & supporters for the continued love and support throughout the years. None of this would’ve been possible without the support and love from you guys and for that we are forever grateful.”

“Lastly, thank you to CWI for the opportunities granted and memories that will be forever cherished,” the statement added.

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