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Basil Butcher Jr.’s involvement in cricket began at a very young age accompanying his dad (Basil Butcher Sr.), a then test player for the West Indies to coaching sessions in his role as the coach working for DEMBA in Mackenzie, Guyana. He continued to be at his dad’s side accompanying him to national trial matches for the Guyana Shell Shield team and having the privilege to sit and listen to some of the
most learned cricket minds in Guyana talk about the game as they watched the trial matches. Basil played U16 and U19 in school cricket representing his region Upper Demerara in the national school competition. He then represented his region in U23 just before he emigrated to the USA at the age of 16, in 1980.
He continued playing cricket two years later in the New York area until 2001, after which he got involved in administration being treasurer and secretary for his club then treasurer of the Brooklyn Cricket League. Basil’s next foray was delving into youth cricket. Linden Fraser and he founded Tri-State youth team. It was probably the first ever youth team to play in a men’s league in the USA. All our players were 20 and under and played in the Brooklyn League in 2004. They then expanded to starting the Tri-State U19 tournament in 2005 which involved teams from New York, New Jersey, Washington DC area and Connecticut. That is when he started his coaching career with the New Jersey team in the competition.
He was appointed the U19 coach for the Atlantic/Southeast Region team in the national tournament in 2005. From 2005 to 2999, Basil served as the Atlantic Region U19 Head Coach and his teams were runners-up in 2006 and 2009 competitions. He also coached the Atlantic Region’s U15 team in 2009 national tournament and he also served as the Head Coach for the Atlantic Region, coaching the senior team from 2007-2014 winning the National T20 tournament in 2011 and finishing as the runner-up in the 50 over tournament in 2010. Basil has had the privilege to coach several players at both U19 and Senior levels who went on to play for the USA.
Basil also got involved in the women’s cricket program in the Atlantic Region from the inception of women’s cricket in USA in 2008. He served as Physio and assistant coach for the 2010 National Women’s tournament winners Northeast Region and National Women’s team at a camp in Barbados in 2011. He was the National Women’s Team Coach in 2012 ICC Americas World Cup qualifiers. The team narrowly missed going to next stage losing on run rate to Canada. Basil also served as the physio/trainer for several USA national teams at both U19 and senior level including the U19’s at the ICC U19 World Cup in 2006 in Sri Lanka and the 2013 and 2015 ICC Americas Qualifiers. He also served with the men’s team in the Auty Cup in 2013, World T20 Qualifiers in 2013 and ICC Americas T20 Qualifiers in 2015. Basil remains an ardent cricket fan and is always willing to help young players develop their skills.