After a five year break Ian Butler is back in the BLACKCAPS and he’s looking forward to getting out on the pitch this summer.
He was first chosen for the top team after fast bowler Shane Bond broke his toe in 2002. At that time Ian had only played two games for the Northern Knights.
Ian first appeared on the scene for the BLACKCAPS in February 2002, being selected for an ODI against England in Christchurch. A month later he made his test debut in the garden city against England. After an extended break away from the top team, Ian became part of the BLACKCAPS Twenty20 team early in 2009.
Ian is walking proof that if put your mind to something you can achieve it. Unlike the majority of his BLACKCAPS team mates who started playing cricket at a young age, Ian started playing cricket at age 12. He was chosen at 17 to be part of the rep teams, then played for the Northern Knights before moving to Otago.
He now lives in Dunedin and says he loves the laid back lifestyle of the southern city. When he’s not on tour you can usually find him enjoying a dinners out at his favourite restaurants. The self confessed “foodie” says Plato in Dunedin is fantastic for a night out and says good garlic bread always goes down well.
Quick fire questions
1. What’s your dream job?
“I’d love to be a Top Gear presenter and thought about working in a Zoo. But I have the best job in the world now.”
2. How would you describe yourself?
“Loyal, fun, energetic.”
3. What advice do you have to kids who want to play cricket later in their childhood?
“There are always great opportunities if you work hard. I didn’t think I was a good player, but it’s just one of those things.”