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December 24, 2022
New West Indies Men’s Selector, Roland Butcher. (Cricket West Indies)

Roland Butcher, the Barbados-born retired batter, who was the first black man to play for England is now a Selector for West Indies Men’s Senior and Youth cricket. 

According to a news release from Cricket West Indies (CWI) his appointment was confirmed at a CWI board meeting on Monday, December 19.

Butcher, who coached cricket and football after playing international cricket, will join lead Selector, The Most Honourable Desmond Haynes on the Men’s panel, whose third member is the head coach. West Indies currently have Andre Coley in that position on an interim basis following the resignation of Phil Simmons.

The former Director of Sport at The University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus and past Head Coach of Bermuda cricket, said: “It’s a great honour and a privilege to be given the opportunity to serve West Indies cricket. I’m eager to get started to work alongside the other members of the selection panels as we look to ensure the growth and improvement in West Indies cricket at all levels.”

Butcher, 69, will first be involved in selecting West Indies Men’s players for the 2023 tours of Zimbabwe and South Africa. (SNR/PR) 

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