Former West Indies batsman, Basil Butcher passed away peacefully on the 16th of December 2019 in his home in Florida. He was 86 when he breathed his last. He was a part of the West Indies cricket team for 11 years between 1958 and 1969 and scored 3104 in 44 Tests at an average of 43.
Basil Butcher made his debut against in the Test series against India where he scored 486 runs at an average of 69.42. He is remembered as being the first cricketer of Amerindian descent and is also remembered for his magnificent knocks against England – the most famous innings arriving at Lord’s in 1963 and Nottingham in 1966 where he scored 133 and 209* respectively. Given his phenomenal performances in 1970, he was named as one of the cricketers of the year by Wisden.
He is also known for his limited but notable expertise with the ball. He bagged a five-wicket haul against England in Port of Spain in 1968. He bowled only another two times since but couldn’t add any Test wickets. However, he finished his career at the top with 7 centuries and 16 fifties.
Richie Benaud, one of the greatest commentators in the game and former captain of Australia once referred to him as the ‘most difficult of all West Indians to get out’ after Butcher scored back-to-back centuries against Australia at Sydney and Adelaide.
His first-class career spanned from 1954 to 1973, in which he played 169 games – mostly for Guyana, scoring 11628 runs at an average of 49.90, including 31 centuries and 54 fifties. His first-class career spanned from 1954 to 1973, in which he played 169 games – mostly for Guyana, scoring 11628 runs at an average of 49.90, including 31 centuries and 54 fifties.
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