Aug 21, 2013
Ryder has been banned till October 19 for testing positive to a banned dietary supplement. He has joined Otago for next season and hopes that helps him press his case. “Ideally I’d like to be back for the West Indies series [starting on December 3] but that’s probably a bit soon,” Ryder was reported saying to The New Zealand Herald.
“I have to perform for Otago and be consistent, but hopefully I could get a crack at the Indian series [in February],” said
Ryder was assaulted in a Christchurch bar earlier this year and he recuperated after that injury. He admitted he had “had a lot of time to think”. It is his top priority to return to the New Zealand side.
Ryder said, “I don’t know how this [ban] is going to set me back — hopefully it’ll have no effect at all.”
Otago Cricket signed Ryder knowking that he was facing a ban. Chief executive Ross Dykes confirmed last night that Ryder and his manager Aaron Klee sounded optimistic in discussions over a proposed switch from Wellington.
Otago appreciated Ryder’s honesty, noted the offence was “a more harmless type of offence, a mistake rather than a deliberate taking of performance-enhancing drugs so we felt reasonably confident in proceeding with the transfer.”