Ian Gareth Butler
(born 24 November 1981 in Middlemore
) is a New Zealand cricketer
, but has dual UK/NZ citizenship.
Although overshadowed by express speedster Shane Bond
, Butler's fast bowling has proved a potent force in itself. His ability to get lift from benign surfaces winning him a test best 6 for 46 against Pakistan
in 2004. Following a series of back injuries, he failed to establish himself as an automatic selection in an increasingly strong New Zealand side and has not appeared in first class cricket since December 2004 though he is still active in one day cricket for Northern Districts
At the age of 17, he had his first professional contract with Penrith in Lake District. The following year, he played for Purley in London.
He played for Northern Districts
between 2001 and 2008 before moving to Otago
, representing them in the 2009 Champions League Twenty20
He had stints in English county cricket with Gloucestershire
in 2003 and Kent
In 2007 Butler played for Harborne Cricket Club in Birmingham, and coached some boys from King Edward's School Birmingham, Edgbaston. In 2008 he again played for Harborne Cricket Club, as well as Lashings Cricket Club in London.
Butler was recalled to the New Zealand squad in early 2009, and played in a Twenty20 International
, going on to play in the 2009 and 2010 ICC World Twenty20 tournaments in England
and the West Indies
He then signed to play for Gloucestershire in the 2010......