Roland Orlando Butcher was born in Barbados on October 14, 1953 and moved to England at age 14. An attacking batsman, in 1980 Butcher made history when he became the first black West Indian to play One Day International Cricket for England. This was followed in 1981 with him also becoming the first black West Indian to play test Cricket for England when he made his test debut at Kensington Oval.
Butcher joined Middlesex Cricket Club in 1974 and in his twenty-year professional career with the club he scored over 12,000 runs, including 17 centuries.
Butcher retired from cricket in the 1990s and in 2004 was appointed Director of Sports at the University of the West Indies’ Cave Hill Campus.