West Indies Women’s vice-captain Anisa Mohammed will take a six month leave of absence from International Cricket.
Cricket West Indies says Mohammed requested a break with immediate effect, after a hectic year of cricket both home and away.
It adds that it fully supports her decision.
Regarding the move, Mohammed said, “Cricket has given me all that I have, and I still love it as much as the first day I started playing, therefore this decision was not an easy one for me, especially with the T20 World Cup five months away. However, I must listen to my body and my mind that I need to take time away from the game at this time. This is not a permanent goodbye but rather a see you soon. I wish the team all the best in all their forthcoming series, and I know Hayley will fulfil her role as captain, as I’ve seen her mature and grow as a person and cricketer.”
The 33-year-old made her debut for the West Indies at the age of 13, playing in the Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifiers in 2003.
Mohammed has since established herself as a premier spin bowler for the West Indies, going on to become the first cricketer, male or female, to take 100 T20I wickets.
She ultimately became the leading wicket-taker in the format, with 125 scalps.