Gloucestershire have signed New Zealand fast bowler Ian Butler as their second overseas player for the Friends Provident t20 campaign.
Butler has played four Tests, 26 One-Day Internationals and 14 Twenty20 Internationals for his country, recently helping them reach the Super Eight stage of the 2010 ICC World Twenty20 in the West Indies.
He also played for Gloucestershire in 2003 and joins compatriots James Franklin and Hamish Marshall at the club.
“I am really pleased to be back at Gloucestershire," Butler told the club's official website (www.gloscricket.co.uk).
"The Club has been very friendly and welcoming, just as I remembered it from before. I am looking forward to playing some cricket and helping the club to success in the t20.”
Director of cricket John Bracewell added: “I am delighted that Ian has joined us for the FP t20. Ian is a specialist death bowler and pinch hitter. He brings with him recent experience in the Champions League with Otago and at the World t20 with New Zealand and will be huge asset to the squad.”
Gloucestershire open their campaign when they travel to Cardiff to take on Glamorgan tomorrow (Friday 4th June).
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