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No Jesse Ryder for NZ's West Indies tour

Associated Press
Apr 25, 2012 at 09:14am IST

Wellington: New Zealand cricket says troubled batsman Jesse Ryder will not be selected for their tour to the West Indies in June despite his form in the Indian Premier League.

The 28-year-old Ryder has not played for New Zealand since he was censured during their recent one-day series against South Africa for breaking team rules by drinking alcohol while injured.

Ryder subsequently took time out from cricket to deal with personal issues but decided to take up a contract worth about $100,000 with the Pune Warriors in the IPL. He has scored 217 runs with a top score of 83 not out.

No Jesse Ryder for NZ's West Indies tour

Ryder has not played for NZ since he was censured during their recent ODI series against SA for breaking team rules.

New Zealand Cricket chief executive said Ryder would have to show improvements in fitness and attitude before he would be considered for selection.

"It is great that he is playing cricket again but he is a fair way from being considered for New Zealand. He needs to prove to the selectors and New Zealand Cricket his commitment to the game and that means on and off the field. He needs to do a lot of work on a lot of things like fitness, attitude and be exemplary off the park."

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