Basil Butcher passes away at 86

Basil Butcher passes away at 86

Basil Butcher, the former West Indies batsman, passed away on Monday (December 16) in Florida, at the age of 86. He represented West Indies in 44 Tests, from 1958 to 1969, scoring 3104 runs at an average of 43.

In his debut series against India, he scored 486 runs at 69.42. The first cricketer of Amerindian descent, Butcher is best remembered for his knocks in England - his 133 at Lord's in 1963 and 209* in Nottingham in 1966. In 1970, he was also named one of Wisden's Cricketers of the Year.

His limited exploits with the ball also came against England when he bagged a fifer at Port of Spain in 1968. He couldn't add any Test more wickets, having bowled only twice later, but finished with 7 centuries and 16 fifties in his Test career. After scoring back-to-back centuries against Australia in Sydney and Adelaide, Richie Benaud - the then Australian skipper - hailed him as the 'most difficult of all West Indians to get out'.

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.