<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Jesse Ryder" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130821181519.jpg" title="Jesse Ryder" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Jesse Ryder hopes that the ban on him will have no effect on him © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>Aug 21, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> <a href="/tags/Jesse-Ryder/post" target="_blank">Jesse Ryder</a> is determined to <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-articles/Jesse-Ryder-hopes-to-play-for-New-Zealand-again/30140" target="_blank">return to the national team</a> as soon as possible and is targeting the <a href="/tags/India/post" target="_blank">India</a> series scheduled in February 2014.<br /> <br /> Ryder has been <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-articles/Jesse-Ryder-receives-6-month-ban-after-testing-positive-for-banned-substance/30103" target="_blank">banned till October 19</a> 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 <em>The New Zealand Herald</em>.<br /> <br /> "I have to perform for Otago and be consistent, but hopefully I could get a crack at the Indian series [in February]," said<br /> <br /> 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 <a href="/tags/New-Zealand/post" target="_blank">New Zealand</a> side.<br /> <br /> Ryder said, "I don't know how this [ban] is going to set me back <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); display: inline !important; float: none;">—</span> hopefully it'll have no effect at all."<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> 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."