New Zealand news March 29, 2012

Ryder to play IPL with support structure

ESPNcricinfo staff

Jesse Ryder, the New Zealand batsman who had taken an indefinite break from cricket to resolve personal issues, will play for his IPL franchise Pune Warriors in the fifth season of the league, beginning on April 4. Ryder will be supported in India by his manager Aaron Klee and clinical psychologist Karen Nimmo.

"Jesse has been making steady progress over the past few weeks. While the IPL has clear challenges, and is a big step, I believe he's ready to take it," Nimmo said. "Cricket is Jesse's job and what he's good at, so I was keen to see him return to the game as soon as practical, but only with the right structures in place."

Klee said Ryder was going to significant extents and expense to overcome his issues, and that their planning of his recovery was thorough. "Karen is travelling to India the day after Jesse and will continue her work with him there while I'll be going over a little later to carry that work on," Klee said. "The franchise has been wonderful and Jesse is desperate to perform on and off the field, and get his career back on track.

"We are also very grateful for the support of New Zealand Cricket [NZC] and Cricket Wellington for their assistance and support. Also, Heath Mills [New Zealand Cricket Players Association chief] has been incredible in his support as always."

NZC chief executive David White was supportive of the move. "It's really positive that Jesse has reached the point where here is ready to play competitive cricket again," he said. "He has clear expectations from NZC in terms of what is required from him to make a return to international cricket and playing in the IPL is a good first step. We are proud of the progress he has made and we will continue to support him through what has been a tough time."

On March 8, Klee had issued a statement saying Ryder had pulled out of Wellington's squad for their Plunket Shield match against Northern Districts and had not decided when he would make himself available again. The announcement came a week after Ryder was dropped from the New Zealand squad for the third ODI against South Africa for breaking team protocol, and then left out of the Test series as well.

After the defeat in the second ODI against South Africa, Ryder, along with Doug Bracewell, went to a hotel and became involved in an argument with a patron. "Team protocols dictate that players who are rehabilitating from injury should not consume alcohol and unfortunately both players went to a Napier hotel following the conclusion of the match," NZC had said in a release. "Also, while at the hotel both players verbally reacted to taunts from a member for the public."

The incident was the latest of Ryder's several indiscretions. In August 2010, Ryder was fined for "intoxicated and rowdy" behaviour at a hotel during an indoor cricket tournament and he said he had feared for his career while NZC was investigating the incident. The most serious of Ryder's indiscretions was in 2008, when he put his right hand through a glass window during a late-night session at a Christchurch bar. In January 2009, NZC said Ryder had given up alcohol after another incident, which resulted in him missing an ODI against West Indies.

Edited by George Binoy

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  • HK on April 1, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    2Months of IPL, simply stupid cricket/Money that matters/ Not a healthy sign of cricket/IPL may bring many talented cricketers come in/ but this may seriously effect on their fitness.

  • Shankar on March 30, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    @Icing Sugar Honey.... Gimme a god-damn br8... another IPL critic out to put down the league for Jesse's mis-adventures... this is ridiculous.. If Jesse is not playing for NZ today, it his and NZC's fault.... IPL's got nothing to do with this... If anything, its giving the world an opportunity to c players of the calibre Ryder & Gayle in action,which v shud all b thankful for.

    Totally agree wiht Plow... Acknowledge tht Jesse's had problems with alcohol b4,but by jove, he had made a come-back to the NZ team at the time of the latest incident, which obviously meant tht he had fully recovered and wasn't re-habilitating anymore (if he had been, how the hell cud he have been picked in the X1 - tht's a query for the selectors).... so I really wonder, what team protocol was he breaking, mayb curfew on late night-outs, at the most, for which the punishment dealt was too harsh.... so the NZC and its CEO David White r to b blamed for this fiasco.. not IPL.....

  • Dummy4 on March 30, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    Money speaks, ryder clearly is making a statement that he also wants to follow the gayl'es route of playing cricket formoney rather than country......Thanks IPL for ruining the international cricket...:@

  • Peter on March 29, 2012, 20:53 GMT

    If Jesse had just played 3 internationals, couldn't he assume that the selectors thought he was fit? So what protocol did he break then?

    Jesse can be understandably frustrated; I don't think NZC handled this one well. Jesse has become an easy target, basically any time he flatulates he gets put in the papers.

    Leave the guy alone, let him play cricket. After Kane Williamson he is the best test batsman New Zealand have, any I really hope he finds his way back in the squad.

    Keep your chin up Jesse, there is a legion of underground supporters out there just waiting for you to raise your bat again.

  • Kaustav on March 29, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    Once money showers, IPL night parties are calling... Jesse is back into busines... with his fellows...c'mon gimme a break...

  • Kushan on March 29, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    What ever is with his mental status he is a brilliant hard hitting batsman any team would love to have......So it's nice to see him back in action..he hits hard, fields at point, and bowls gentle medium pacers........A real asset to a team.......

  • Jay on March 29, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    A talented player. I hope he resurrects his international career after a good season with the Warriors. NZ would do well with an in-form Ryder. Good luck Jesse and be good !

  • Greg on March 29, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    A healthy Jesse Ryder makes for a healthy NZ cricket team.

  • Dummy4 on March 29, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    Come on Jesse - you can do it. Here's wishing you a good IPL season.

  • Dummy4 on March 29, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    Among the few talents of cricket today...wish him luck and success. Always look forward to watching him in the IPL :))) Good Lock PW!!!

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