McCullum thinks New Zealand cricket has lost one of its most talented players
New Zealand vice-captain Brendon McCullum has announced that troubled batsman Jesse Ryder needs to re-earn his respect when he chooses to make his international cricket comeback.
Ryder, decided not to sign a contract with New Zealand Cricket (NZC) for the 2012-2013 season, since he wants to concentrate on personal health and fitness goals.
Radiosport, quoted McCullum as saying: “Who knows what the game’s got installed for Jesse in the next 6-12 months…he’s got to do what makes him happy, get himself back to where he needs to be. His talent his unquestionable but I guess his respect within the team needs to be continued to be re-earned.”
“You want to know every time you go into battle the guy standing next to you is equally committed as you are and I guess that’s been questioned on a couple of occasions with Jess and we now know there have been a few issues that he’s had to deal with and I’m talking out of school here because I’ve told him honestly what I think as well and I’m sure he won’t mind me commenting on it. Jess knows he’s got to earn some of that respect back from some of the guys and I think that’s quite right just like anyone has to gain respect when they come into the team,” McCullum added.
Ryder, has not played any international cricket since New Zealand’s ODI series against South Africa last year, where he was suspended for one match due to consuming alcohol while being injured.
Ryder, played for the Pune Warriors in the recently concluded Indian Premier League (IPL), where he scored 256 runs in 11 innings.
McCullum, noted that Ryder needs to do what makes him happy, but mentioned that New Zealand cricket will benefit hugely if he decides to make a return.
“He’s got a tremendous amount of talent and everyone wants him back on the park. He’s just got a couple of blemishes he’s got to iron out. I’m sure if he can do that then New Zealand Cricket and Jesse are both going to benefit from it. We all know what the pot of the gold is at the end of the rainbow which is his talent and his performances in key situations. We hope that overrides anything else and we’ve just got to wait and see and time will tell I guess. Six months in this game is a long time so we’ll see how it unfolds and we wish him all the best,” McCullum added.