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Flamboyant opener Jesse Ryder has pulled out of New Zealand A’s tour of the United Arab Emirates due to personal reasons.
While New Zealand Cricket (NZC) refused to say what the reason was, they stated that they respected Ryder’s decision.
“NZC respects Jesse’s decision and is currently considering options for a replacement,” NZC’s general manager of national selection Bruce Edgar said.
However, with Ryder having pulled out of this tour, it adds more doubt to whether he will be included in New Zealand’s squad for the 2015 World Cup.
Even though Ryder has not played for New Zealand since January, he has been in terrific form as of late.
But, the 30-year-old will have to make sure he stays out of trouble as he has been involved in numerous controversies off the field throughout his career.
Ryder has been involved in heated disputes with team officials, fought team-mates in a bar and even severed the tendon in his hand while trying to break a toilet. However, he was also assaulted by four men in Christchurch, which resulted in him sustaining a fractured skull and a collapsed lung. In fact, his injuries were so serious that doctors decided to put him in a medically induced coma.
However, even after making a full recovery, it was only a short while before Ryder was banned for six months after he tested positive for a banned substance.