New Zealand troubled batsman, Jesse Ryder, is to restart his international career, by representing the Pune Warriors in the IPL.
Ryder, who was dropped from the New Zealand squad before the test series against South Africa because of a verbal argument at a hotel bar, will be supported by his manager, Aaron Klee, and a clinical psychologist, Karen Nimmo.
New Zealand Cricket (NZC) chief executive, David White, who is pleased to see that Ryder is on the road to recovery, said: “It’s really positive that Jesse has reached the point where here is ready to play competitive cricket again, 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.”
White, also said that Ryder would keep getting the support he needed, to ensure that he did not fall into the trap of getting into trouble again.
“We are proud of the progress he has made and we will continue to support him through what has been a tough time” White said.
Ryder’s psychologist, Karen Nimmo, believes that he has made steady progress and looks to be in good shape heading into the tournament, which starts next week.
“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. 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” she said.
Ryder’s manager, Aaron Klee, has also made sure that he receives full support from the whole franchise, in order to make him feel at home with his teammates and the entire organization.
“The franchise has been wonderful and Jesse is desperate to perform on and off the field, and get his career back on track” Klee said.
Klee, was also thankful for the time and work that NZC has put into making Ryder change his ways, and said: “We are also very grateful for the support of New Zealand Cricket and Cricket Wellington for their assistance and support.”
With the IPL just around the corner, Pune fans, will be hoping that Ryder puts his troubled past behind him, and lets his cricket bat do all the talking.