Jesse Ryder still hopes to play for New Zealand again

Jesse Ryder (above) said that he has been in constant touch with skipper Brendon McCullum and coach Mike Hesson © Getty Images

Aug 21, 2013

Banned cricketer Jesse Ryder has said that he still hopes to play for New Zealand later this year, despite being slapped with a six-month ban for failing a drug test.

“I’ve been through a lot this year and had plenty to think about what I want and what I want to do. I made the decision that I want to get back into that BC (Black Caps) side… that’s the main goal this summer,” Ryder said, as reported by the Sydney Morning Herald.

The burly cricketer, who has battled with drinking problems in the past, spent two two days in coma in March after being assaulted outside a bar in Christchurch.

The Kiwi batsman took a weight-loss product that contained a banned substance, for which he has been banned for six months by the Sports Tribunal of New Zealand. The ban implies that he will be free to play for his new provincial side Otago from mid-October.

Ryder had put himself on a self-imposed exile from the Black Caps in June last year but has now come out and said that he is ready to return to the national side. He said that he has been in touch with skipper Brendon McCullum and had recently met the team coach Mike Hesson.