Butler retires

New Zealand

Former New Zealand fast bowler Ian Butler has retired from competitive cricket.

Former New Zealand fast bowler Ian Butler has retired from competitive cricket.

Butler played eight Tests, 26 ODIs and 19 Twenty20 Internationals between 13 February 2002 and 27 June 2013.

"It is time to accept that the body has had enough. Sad but exciting times, hopefully the next chapter in life will be more family, friends and partner friendly," said the 32-year-old.

The talented right-armer took 75 international wickets, including a Test career-best innings haul of six for 46 against Pakistan in Wellington in December 2003.

"He was a quality cricketer and is a quality individual whose strong values and exacting standards will add much to whatever he does in the future," added Otago Cricket CEO Ross Dykes.

"We wish him every success in life after cricket and thank him for an outstanding contribution to the recent successes of the Volts."

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