West Indies cricket is mourning the death of former spinner Clyde Butts at just 66 years of age.
Butts was an incredibly successful bowler on the domestic circuit in the Caribbean during the 80s, and made seven Test appearances for the all-conquering West Indies team between 1985 and 1988.
He retired in 1994 having picked up 348 first class wickets at an average of 24.19 in 87 matches, including 10 wickets in his seven Test appearances.
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Following his retirement, Butts played a key administrative role in West Indies cricket, first with the Under-19 team and then as a selector who helped build the team that won the T20 World Cup in 2012.
Butts’ death was met with sadness by former West Indies teammate Carl Hooper.
“I am shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my dear friend Clyde Butts,” Hooper wrote on Twitter.
“A true gentleman of the game and a wonderful man. Condolences to his family and friends. RIP Buttsy”
Butts was remembered as a “stalwart figure” in a statement from West Indies cricket boss, Dr Kishore Shallow.
“His legacy extended beyond the field, earning him recognition as a statesman and ambassador for the game in Guyana and the region,” Dr Shallow said.
“In retirement, his unwavering commitment to coaching reflected his dedication. He tirelessly invested hours, nurturing young talent and passionately fostering their development within the sport.
“He served with distinction as team manager for the West Indies Under-19 team.
“His exceptional leadership as chairman of selectors notably resulted in forming the triumphant team that won the 2012 ICC T20 World Cup, a victory that brought immense pride and glory to the people of the West Indies.”