Butcher belongs in ‘Hall-of-Fame’ — says legendary Clive Lloyd
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Legendary former West Indies captain, Clive Lloyd, said yesterday Basil Butcher’s outstanding contribution to the game had secured him a place in any Caribbean cricket Hall-of-Fame.
Hailing Butcher’s “dependability and reliability”, Lloyd said his fellow countryman had left a legacy of having played a “major part in keeping West Indies and Guyana cricket alive.”
Butcher, a native of Guyana, passed away in Florida on Monday at age 86 following a long illness.
“I offer my sincere condolences to his family and loved ones. We have lost a true stalwart of the game, someone who gave all he had for the game in his native Guyana and across the region,” said Lloyd, who made his Test debut on the tour of India in 1966 with Butcher already a seasoned member of the Windies team.
“He was well loved and admired. He had fans everywhere … all across the cricketing world. His legacy is that he played a major part in keeping West Indies and Guyana cricket alive.
“He was part of that golden era which saw the game grow and flourish. He is someone you would describe as a ‘Hall-of-Famer’ if there was such a thing in West Indies cricket.”
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