New Zealand cricket November 16, 2012

Leave Jesse alone

A group of irreverent New Zealand fans have set up a fundraiser to pay all the fines imposed on Jesse Ryder, leaving the cricketer to his game

If you have ever enjoyed watching Jesse Ryder's pick-up shot off the pads, and if you want to see more, you can do more than abuse the killjoy officials under your breath. Ryder's frequent run-ins with authorities have made Beige Brigade, a group of irreverent New Zealand fans, come up with an innovative fundraiser to help Ryder concentrate on his cricket. All the money raised through Givealittle - Leave Jesse Alone will go towards paying fines imposed on Ryder. This, Beige Brigade believes, will help him focus on what he is best at: "crashing cover drives and flicking it off his child-bearing hips". Beige Brigade will like to clarify that "this effort is not affiliated with Jesse in any way - we just thought it was the right thing to do". And wanting to watch Ryder's regal dibbly-dobblies, and giving him the liberty to have a polite discussion with the umpire when an lbw is not given, can't be wrong.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo