Former Black Caps bowler Ian Butler retires
Former Black Cap Ian Butler has retired.
The bowling all-rounder said today that he would not play for Otago in the 2014-15 cricket season.
"It is time to accept that the body has had enough," he said.
"Sad but exciting times. Hopefully the next chapter in life will be more family, friends and partner-friendly.
"I have absolutely loved my time in Otago ... a great bunch of guys and an awesome culture throughout the organisation.
"I really appreciate everything Otago has done for me since coming down.
"I am sure the lads will have many successes in future, and I will always be watching."
Butler arrived on the international scene as a 20-year-old tearaway quick during England's 2002 tour of New Zealand.
When back injuries made bowling almost impossible, Butler became a batting all-rounder who played the occasional short-form game for Northern Districts.
Hard work off the field led to an improvement in the condition of Butler's back.
He transferred to Otago for the 2008-09 season, looking for a fresh start.
Butler was a consistently strong performer, taking more than 50 wickets in each of the three formats, including 87 in first-class cricket during his time in Dunedin.
His hard-hitting middle-order batting was a huge asset, helping the Volts to two Twenty20 titles and subsequent trips to the Champions League.
Butler's efforts in Otago were rewarded with reselection for New Zealand in all three forms of the game.
Otago Cricket chief executive Ross Dykes paid tribute to Butler.
"His ability to 'finish' games with both bat and ball set him apart as a sought-after specialist in the short forms of the game,' he said.
"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.
"We wish him every success in life after cricket and thank him for an outstanding contribution to the recent successes of the Volts."