Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Butler signs for T20

IAN BUTLER is set to become Gloucestershire's second Twenty20 overseas player after he met Alex Gidman and John Bracewell at New Road.

Gloucestershire had previously declared that financial restrictions would limit them to just one overseas player, but the opportunity of a cut-price deal and injuries to Ian Saxelby and Steve Kirby have loosened the purse strings.

Butler, who played for Gloucestershire back in 2003, has taken 49 wickets in Twenty20 cricket at 19.42 with his quick bowling. He has also claimed 19 wickets in 14 T20 internationals for New Zealand and last played against England in the T20 World Cup in March.

The 28-year-old has been suffering with a back injury and, similarly to Shane Bond, is not able to play longer forms of the game, having taken 24 wickets in test cricket for New Zealand between 2001 and 2004.

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