Ian Butler Announces Retirement

Ian Butler has retired from the game at the age of 32
Ian Butler has retired from the game at the age of 32
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Former New Zealand international all-rounder Ian Butler has announced his retirement from the game with immediate effect.

He began his career as a highly rated fast bowler, taking four wickets on his Test debut against England in 2002, but developed his game to become a powerful lower-order hitter as well.

He went on to play eight Tests, 26 One-Day Internationals and 19 Twenty20 Internationals during a career that was unfortunately ravaged by injuries.

Back problems prevented him from bowling at the pace he had as a youngster before a move to Otago ahead of the 2007/8 season gave him fresh impetus and as an all-rounder, he helped the team win two domestic Twenty20 titles.

He also went on to play for Gloucestershire, Nottinghamshire and Northamptonshire in England having represented Kent in 2004.

He was a member of New Zealand's ICC World Twenty20 squads in 2009 and 2010.

"It is time to accept that the body has had enough," Butler said in a statement released by Otago Cricket.

"Sad but exciting times, hopefully the next chapter in life will be more family, friends and partner friendly.

"I have absolutely loved my time in Otago, it is a great bunch of guys and an awesome culture throughout the organisation.

"I really appreciate everything Otago has done for me since coming down. I am sure the lads will have many successes in future and I will always be watching."

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