Friends Life t20 June 27, 2013

Nottinghamshire sign Butler for T20s

ESPNcricinfo staff

Nottinghamshire have signed New Zealand fast bowler Ian Butler ahead of their first Friends Life t20 match against Leicestershire. Butler, currently part of the New Zealand squad involved in the two-match T20 series against England, will join the county side after the T20I at the Oval.

"The Notts Outlaws squad looks very strong and I feel well prepared having played two twenty20 internationals this week," Butler said. "There is a great tradition of New Zealand cricketers doing well with Nottinghamshire and I am really looking forward to playing at Trent Bridge."

Butler has played eight Tests, 26 ODIs and 18 T20Is for New Zealand and has taken 75 international wickets. He has previously represented Gloucestershire and Kent in T20s.

"Ian has a good international pedigree and he was very effective bowling to England's top order in Tuesday's match," Nottinghamshire director of cricket Mick Newell said. "We're placing a heavy workload on Ajmal Shahzad, Luke Fletcher and Harry Gurney and this signing will improve our quality and depth."

Butler will only be available for the T20 matches as the format allows fielding two overseas players, David Hussey being Nottinghamshire's other overseas player.

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  • Garry on June 28, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    Cyril_Knight remember this is the country that just beat you in a ODI and 20/20 series in your back yard. I just hope that all these New Zealanders don't become sloppy playing in a sub standard competition.

  • Nigel on June 27, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    @Cyril_Knight. If you know anything about the Notts team, you would know that he is excatly the type of player that Notts need, irrespective of whether or not NZ are touring.

    In addition, Notts have a long association with NZ-Sir Richard Hadlee, Chris Cairns, Nathan Astle, Daniel Vettori and Stephen Fleming has all played for the county.

  • Shane on June 27, 2013, 14:48 GMT

    @ Cyril_Knight - you need to accept that the cricketing world doesn't revolve around England old chap.

    'I'm worried about the signings of NZL players' - why, specifically? The counties are well-run commercial organisations. They only sign players that fill gaps in their roster. Enough of the sneering down your nose at everyone you perceive to be below you.

  • Alex on June 27, 2013, 13:15 GMT

    Surprised no county has look to sign some of the Aussie bowlers like Mitchell Johnson and Ben Hilfenhaus. Johnson's one day form has always been good and he had a good IPL. Their not in the ashes squad so would be good signings not just for T20 but for the Championship, we see the effect that Copeland, Magoffin and Hogan have had and these guys are inferior to Johnson and Hilfenhaus.

  • Cyril on June 27, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    I'm worried about the signings of NZL players. It seems that counties are picking up any available international. If NZL were not touring these players would not be playing T20 here this summer.

    The public want to see quality cricketers, players like Butler will not add to the attendance or play exciting cricket.

    The idea of T20 should be to attract people who don't go to cricket regularly and get them hooked so they return to all forms. Counties seem to have given up on this and see T20 as their primary source of income. Quality cricketers will attract people, signing any old overseas player because you can is not the way forward.

  • Dummy4 on June 27, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    first i thought JOs........somerset will never let him to go..who Care Flt20

  • Shaikh on June 27, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    Nice pick he is known for his accurate bowling and long hitting sixes.He is bit like Jacob Oram

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