In a surprising move, four West Indies Women players Anisa Mohammed, Shakera Selman, Kycia Knight, and Kyshona Knight have retired from international cricket have all announced their retirement from international cricket. All four of them have informed Cricket West Indies of their decision.
Mohammed, a off-spinner, made her debut for West Indies in 2003, at the age of 15 and since has gone on to pick up 180 ODI wickets and 125 T20I wickets, which are the most in the format for her international side. In 2016, she became the first-ever bowler - man or woman - to pick up 100 wickets in the shortest format at the international level. She has not played for the West Indies since the 2022 World Cup.
Bidding adieu, Mohammed 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 ODI World Cups and seven 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. I would also like to thank WI, coaches, managers, and medical staff for believing in me and always ensuring I was in the best possible place to represent the West Indies. To my fans, it has been an honor representing you over the last 20 years. The love, support, encouragement, and respect from you’ll gave me the motivation to keep doing what love most.”
Since making her debut in 2008, Selman has gone on to pick up 82 wickets and 51 wickets in ODIs and T20Is respectively.
Talking about her retirement, the pacer 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. To the fans, your support has been my motivation. As I transition to the next phase of my career, I look forward to continuing to share my passion for the game in new ways.”
The Knight twins Kycia and Kyshona made their West Indies debut in 2011 and 2013 respectively. With Kycia, a left-handed wicketkeeper-batter, holds the record for most dismissals in a WT20I, which she achieved against Sri Lanka in 2013.
She played 87 ODIs, amassing 1,327 runs in her 70 T20I games, she has slammed scoring 801 runs.
Kyshona, on the other hand, has played 51 ODIs in which she has scored 851 runs and in the 55 T20Is played by her, she has hit 546 runs.
All four were part of the 2016 T20 World Cup in in India. in fact, Selman was the vice-captain of that side led by Stafanie Taylor.
In a joint statement, they 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 and 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”.
Paying tribute their contributions, CWI’s Director of Cricket, Miles Bascombe said, “Anisa, Shakera, Kycia and Kyshona have had all made significant individual impacts on women’s cricket the West Indies and the world. Their dedication, skill, and sportsmanship have not only elevated our team but also captivated cricket fans worldwide. Their legacies, as members of the title-winning ICC Women’s T20 World Cup squad of 2016 and individual milestones, will continue to influence and guide future generations to aspire to wear the Maroon.”