New Zealand news August 21, 2013

Feel fortunate it's just six-month ban - Ryder

ESPNcricinfo staff

Jesse Ryder, the New Zealand batsman, has admitted it was carelessness on his part that led to his consuming a banned substance, and that he was relieved to have been banned for only six months.

"It was definitely no one else's fault but mine for taking the pill. I did all the research and found nothing wrong with them. My one fault - other than taking them - was not contacting Drug Free Sport NZ [to check whether the pill was on a banned list]," Ryder told Fairfax Media. "It has been a long few months, not knowing if I've still got a career left or not; if you fail a test you can get two years. I feel fortunate. Six months was what I was hoping for. It wasn't the worst I could have got."

Ryder cannot participate in cricket-related activity until October 19, following the ban handed out by the New Zealand Sports Tribunal for failing a drug test during a Ford Trophy match in March. He was informed of the positive result on April 12 and faced a hearing earlier this month.

Ryder said he had consulted with Stephen Hotter, the strength and conditioning trainer of Wellington - the team he was playing for at the time - about the product, which he consumed to supplement his weight-loss programme. Hotter confirmed the product's ingredients were not on the banned list but, according to New Zealand papers, it turned out that the banned substances in question were not disclosed on the product label, indicating contamination at the time of manufacture or mislabelling.

"He [Hotter] is a good man and I get on well with him. I still respect him," Ryder said. "It was my doing, I just asked for his knowledge and his help. He never once said to me 'take them' or anything like that."

Ryder is currently recuperating from the injuries - including a skull fracture and a collapsed lung - he picked up when assaulted outside a pub in Christchurch in March. He is currently "80%" fit, he said, and hopes to return to top-level cricket during the course of the New Zealand summer. "I've been working pretty hard over the last couple of months. My head still holds me back a little but it's definitely a lot better than what it was.

"It's always going to be a time thing and I have seen improvement so hopefully it just continues. If I'm hitting the ball well on the [bowling] machine I figure I'll be pretty good to go [in late October]. All going well I'd push for the West Indies tour [in December] but that's probably not realistic. I'd have to perform pretty well over the start of the summer to get a look in at that. Hopefully all going well, the India series [in February 2014].''

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  • William on August 22, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    Hopefully when Ryder returns to international cricket he show what a class act he is and if you think about it, he is our best batsmen across all three forms. Imagine how competitive in tests we would be if Taylor,Williamson,Ryder all got into form. It would also be fantastic if McCullum started scoring heavy in test cricket but that is highly unlikely to happen. Hopefully the 11 kiwicricketnut has chosen is the 11 for the two tests agaisnt india.

  • syed naveed on August 22, 2013, 2:16 GMT

    yes, may be a highly talented cricketer as some of my friends said ,but perhaps ,sorry to say ,we haven't seen much of his cricketing talent in the field .he is rather ,so far known for his off the field activities ,wasting his cricketing talent, and involving himself in unnecessary off the field activities,if he is really talent ,than he should show his talent in the field .GOD has given him another life ,and he should make full use of it in a positive manner ,in the cricket fields , and not in BARS .......

  • riz on August 21, 2013, 15:17 GMT

    Hes only got away with it because he isnt Pakistani. Its obvious the ICC have it in for Pakistan and thats because the ICC is run by the BCCI and ECB.

  • Dion on August 21, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    Just a silly mistake I think. A sensible penalty. Ryder is the best bat in NZ in my opinion. Never looks flustered and has a good record. NZ will be a far better side with Ryder back as he adds some real class with the bat.

  • Steve on August 21, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    For a player of his talent, Jesse played so few matches across all formats for NZ since his debut year in 2008 when he should have been a permanent fixture in the team. He is constantly mired in one problem or the other. I hope he grows up as a human being and follows a disciplined routine to get back into top level cricket. Nearing 30, he should realize he doesn't have lot of time left and people won't be so forgiving of his repeated mistakes. An in form Jess would be a great asset to NZ as a batting all rounder that they desperately need now.

  • Dummy4 on August 21, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    concerned_cricketer - I think its more of a case of him needing cricket. Is he just one of these characters whose life just appears to be a series of car crashes or is he, actually, the master of his own destiny?

  • jared on August 21, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    Agree with snowbadger15 having one more classy batsman in our test line up will actually make the black caps quite a strong side, jesse is a huge asset to the team and can't wait for his return, if newzealand are to get off the bottom of the test rankings then he has a huge role to play. My test XI would be slightly different though. Rutherford, Latham, Williamson, Taylor, Ryder, McCullum, Watling, Southee, Sohdi, Milne, Boult, 12th Anderson. Another point to make is with ryder's return and McCullum not playing at the top of the order is McCullum now the weakest link in the batting order? He is a good captain but hasn't won anything yet, if he doesn't score runs, he would have to go, be weird to have to drop your captain but who else would you drop from that middle order?

  • shoaib on August 21, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    just thinking what would be the decision if any pakistani player is involved in it ... jessy is fortunate that he is not from Pakistan

  • Mathew on August 21, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    Recover fast. Cricket needs you.

  • Harman on August 21, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    good news in the sense that it is only a 6 month ban. hopefully he can regain full fitness and score some runs for otago. would love to see him back in the test XI.

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