Wellington: Jesse Ryder has not been awarded a contract by New Zealand Cricket (NZC) for 2012. David White, the NZC CEO, announced the decision after a routine annual performance review in Wellington, which is a must for all contracted players.
Ryder was not a part of New Zealand’s 15-man Test squad to tour the West Indies named earlier this month, despite some strong performances for Pune Warriors in the fifth season of the IPL. The 27-year-old remains on the outer with New Zealand selectors after a string of alcohol-fuelled incidents, most recently after an ODI in Napier in March. Ryder took a break from cricket following the incident, but then went to India for the IPL with a clinical psychologist for assistance. Ryder scored 256 runs in 11 innings for Pune, who finished at the bottom of the IPL 5 points table.
"All of the evidence shows that Jesse is on the right track, both on and off the field, but we're aware that there are still steps to be made," said White. "While cricket remains an important part of his life, it is his health and well-being that need to be the primary focus."
The batsman's troubles with alcohol and indiscipline have led to him losing a contract with the New Zealand board.
Ryder responded to NZC’s decision on Twitter, saying: "Very happy with how my review went today and looking forward to this winter and what it has to offer. Also looking forward to playing for NZ again when the time is right."