Ian Butler, a fast bowler, had his introduction to international cricket when Shane Bond was injured. While not as fast as Bond, Butler is much younger and has the potential to develop more speed. He is always overshadowed by express speedster Shane Bond. Ian’s fast bowling has proved a potent force in itself. He announced his retirement on 9th July from professional cricket.
He made his debut against England at Christchurch in 2002.he took 5wickets in that match. He played his last international test match against Bangladesh in 2004. He played total 8 matches in his career.
He made his One day International debut against England at Christchurch in 2002. He played his last ODI against Bangladesh in 2010. He played total 26 ODI matches in his career.
In 2009 he got national call from New Zealand T20 squad and played against Australia. He last played T20 in 2013 wearing the Kiwi official jersey.
Cloud of injury covered his cricket career. He missed out on the Test series in England in 2004 for his back injury. He acted smart and reconstruct himself as a batsman in this hard time.
He said that he is going to enjoy his next phase of life though he felt down about his retirement. Actually He could not adjust himself with the diligence of the game.
He is exceptional talent in the field of bounce. He could exploit some troublesome lift from benign surfaces. This special ability brought him test best 6 for 46 against Pakistan in Wellington in 2004. After four Tests spread out in 2001 and 2002, a spell with Gloucestershire in 2003 was the preview to his tour of India with the Test side, and he made a good showing in the second Test when he replaced the injured Jacob Oram.
He played in Gloucestershire, as well as Kent in domestic crickets. He also played in Northern Districts, NZCPA Masters XI, Otago too. He felt something special about Otago on this day. He remembered the support of Otago and teammates of Otago in his bad days. Ross Dykes, CEO of Otago Cricket said about Ian that he gave a dedicated service to the team. He faced his injuries bravely and extracted himself and recreated a new Ian.
Ian played played his last first-class game against Yorkshire in June 2014, took 204 wickets at an average of 30.95.