|Photos||Video & Audio||Blogs||Statistics||Archive||Shop||Mobile|
August 21, 2013
News : Ryder targeting return to NZ side
Features : Jesse Ryder's trysts with infamy
News : Ryder banned for six months after failing drug test
Players/Officials: Jesse Ryder
Teams: New Zealand
"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].''
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
|Comments have now been closed for this article
Kohli, Root, Smith and Williamson will take turns as the No. 1 Test batsman. So far each has shown only one technical weakness
Glenn McGrath talks about the method behind his metronomic consistency, visualisation, and why aggression isn't about sledging
Plays of the Day from the second ODI between England and India, in Cardiff
Plays of the day from the third ODI between England and India at Trent Bridge
Plays of the day from the tri-series match between Zimbabwe and South Africa
Alastair Cook needs an out-of-the-box plan that veers India from the set pieces. One of those plans could be an early Powerplay
Would he have fared better than the incumbent middle-order batsmen, Root and Ballance?
Graeme Pollock has been among the top three finest players his country ever produced; and not far off that pace in the world rankings either