Roland Butcher: The Barbadian, England’s first black Test cricketer

Roland Butcher, the former Middlesex batsman expressed how he simply felt the effect of transforming into England’s very first black Test cricketer. 

It’s the time when different black gamers from a worldwide stage started coming up in the game. 

Butcher as a young boy rising-up in Barbados was solely pure that he at some point of time ought to dream about the day when he will striding out on the Kensington Oval, the name comes first when we talk about big grounds to play Test cricket. 

Butcher Journey 

Butcher achieved his dream in the year 1981, but there’s an unexpected twist. Butcher who had first picked up the bat within the rural province name St Phillip in Barbados wasn’t actually batting for the Indies. Apart from this, he was taking part in them. 

However, doing this and picking bat for England, he made historical past there.  He became the first primary black cricketer for England to play in a Test match.

Roland Butcher: The Barbadian, England's first black Test cricketer
Roland Butcher: The Barbadian, England’s first black Test cricketer

Butcher said in an interview that he was always thinking of, it’s started when he was just an ordinary boy from West Indies. And later his determination changed his wish into reality. 

He added, his imagination and wish remain the same throughout his life, that to be an expert and a global star cricketer. One must think that as an Indies I must be playing for the maroon caps, but, we don’t know life take someone where and when. 

He said my ambition remains the same, just my nationality changed and for this reason, he played for the England cricket team his first Test match. He was offered to play for England and there’s no reason to say No to this offer. As he married in England and even have had a son. 


Butcher received a warm welcome when he returned to the Caribbean although, he was in England jersey.

That proves that we appreciate the talent before nationality and that’s what a spirit to the sport. Even Butcher said he feels proud to be the first black worldwide cricketer to play Test for England. 

Hope his journey goes on with remarkable cricket fates. And for more such news that comes from the ground and cover the globe, Stay Tuned!

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