Clyde Godfrey Butts (born 8 July 1957 in Perseverance, Demerara, Guyana) is a former West Indies cricketer who batted right-handed and bowled off breaks. Later, he became the national selector.[1]

Clyde Butts
Cricket information
BattingRight-hand bat
BowlingRight-arm offbreak
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 7 87
Runs scored 108 1431
Batting average 15.42 15.90
100s/50s -/- -/2
Top score 38 57*
Balls bowled 1554 22295
Wickets 10 348
Bowling average 59.50 24.19
5 wickets in innings - 23
10 wickets in match - 2
Best bowling 4/73 7/29
Catches/stumpings 2/- 42/-
Source: ESPNcricinfo

In a career spanning 14 seasons, he played 87 first class games, including seven Test matches for the West Indies between 1985 and 1988. The West Indies rarely selected spin bowlers when Butts was active – choosing instead to back their four fast bowlers – though he did play five matches on the Indian subcontinent, where teams traditionally select spin bowlers as the pitches are believed to suit them more. It was on the subcontinent that Butts got his best bowling figures, with four for 73 against Pakistan in 1986–87, including the Pakistani captain and all-rounder Imran Khan. Butts finished with six for 95 in the match, but couldn't prevent a drawn match and a drawn series. In his next tour of the subcontinent, to India the following season, Butts played three Tests and took two wickets, and that turned out to be his last series. In domestic cricket, Butts played 61 first class games for Guyana, and won three titles in first class cricket with the team.

"On the rest day of his Test debut in April 1985, [Butts] got married,[2] though arguably, for an offspinner in that fearsome West Indies attack, most days were a rest day."[3]


  1. ^ "A princely entrance". ESPN Cricinfo. 8 July 2006. Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Which cricketer got married on the rest day of his Test debut?". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 21 October 2020.
  3. ^ "The rest is history".

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