Jesse Ryder: New Zealand leave batsman out of World T20 squad
New Zealand have left troubled batsman Jesse Ryder out of their squad for next month's ICC World Twenty20 tournament.
Ryder has a history of disciplinary and personal issues throughout his career.
"[Coach] Mike Hesson and I weren't happy with his preparation, therefore we have had to exclude him," said national selection manager Bruce Edgar.
Ryder's rap sheet
- May 2007: Sacked as Ireland's overseas player after failing to turn up for a game
- Feb 2008: Accused of being "too fat to play for New Zealand" before his debut by former Test keeper Adam Parore. Severs a tendon in his arm while trying to break into a locked toilet at a bar; misses back-to-back Test series with England
- Jan 2009: Dropped for an ODI in West Indies for missing team meeting and being unable to train after drinking session
- Sep 2009: Fined 15% of his match fee for breaking his bat over a chair after being dismissed in a Champions Trophy game
- Aug 2010: Fined for being "intoxicated and rowdy" at a hotel during an indoor cricket tournament
- Apr 2013: Provisionally suspended for positive doping test in March; serves six-month ban
- Feb 2014: Dropped from Test squad after drinking session on eve of game; subsequently dropped from World Twenty20 squad
"Character is really important and if we feel it does not stack up we will not select a player."
In 2012, Ryder announced he was taking an indefinite break from the game, although he soon returned to play in the lucrative Indian Premier League. However, it was more than just his cricket career that was in doubt in March 2013 when he was assaulted outside a bar in Christchurch and placed in a medically induced coma after suffering a fractured skull and severe internal injuries.
After recovering, the burly left-hander had to serve a six-month doping ban for two outlawed stimulants after taking a dietary supplement to aid weight loss, but last week Hesson said team officials had "lost confidence" in Ryder and seamer Doug Bracewell after their night out just before the first Test.
Ryder's omission, while denting the Black Caps' run-making ability at the top of the order, gives a chance to fellow batsman Kane Williamson, who is a Test and one-day regular, but has not played a Twenty20 international since the last World Twenty20 event in September 2012.
"It certainly created a gap for us," added former Test opener Edgar, who added that Williamson's part-time off-spin could also help the side in Bangladesh, where the tournament begins on 16 March.
New Zealand will face England (22 March), South Africa (24 March), a qualifier (29 March) and Sri Lanka (31 March) in their group matches, all to be played in Chittagong.
New Zealand squad for ICC World Twenty20: Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Anton Devcich, Martin Guptill, Ronnie Hira, Mitchell McClenaghan, Brendon McCullum (capt.), Nathan McCullum, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Luke Ronchi (wk), Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson.