West Indies cricket mourns the passing of former offspinner and selection chief Clyde Butts at 66

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Clyde Butts, the former West Indies offspinner, passed away in Guyana at 66. His death was the result of an accident, according to reports from the Caribbean.
Butts, who also captained Guyana in the 1980s, had a first-class career spanning from 1980-81 to 1993-94, playing 87 games. He also played seven Tests, debuting in April 1985 against New Zealand in Georgetown and going on to play in Pakistan, New Zealand, and India.

Despite his success in the domestic circuit, Butts struggled to leave a mark in international cricket. He took 348 first-class wickets with an average of 24.19, but only managed to pick up ten wickets in seven Tests, averaging 59.50.

After retiring, Butts served as manager of the West Indies Under-19 team and later as chairman of selectors during the West Indies’ victory in the 2012 men’s T20 World Cup.

Dr. Kishore Shallow, president of Cricket West Indies, praised Butts for his contributions to the sport, stating that his legacy extended beyond the field and that his commitment to coaching and nurturing young talent was exceptional.

Shallow also highlighted Butts’ role as Chairman of Selectors, which led to the triumphant 2012 ICC T20 World Cup victory, bringing immense pride and glory to the people of the West Indies.

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