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Ryder withdrawal could harm World Cup prospects

November 18, 2014 12:54:38 UK

Jesse Ryder’s chances of playing at next year’s World Cup squad are in the balance after he pulled out of the New Zealand A tour to the United Arab Emirates.

The lefthander missed a flight from Dunedin to Christchurch to play in a domestic T20 game at the weekend, and then withdrew from what would have been his international return.

He cited personal reasons for pulling out of the tour, leaving New Zealand Cricket selectors considering his position ahead of the World Cup.

The NZ A side are playing four 50-over games in the UAE against teams who have qualified for the tournament – they will take on Ireland twice and also face the hosts and Afghanistan.

NZC’s general manager national selection Bruce Edgar was not dismissing him from contention, but admitted Ryder’s absence from the tour did not help his chances.

“The waters have been muddied somewhat,” said Edgar, who together with coach Mike Hesson will pick the World Cup squad.

“We respect his decision, but to be honest from a selection perspective the whole point of the A tour was to get more information about Jessie in the team environment and unfortunately we’re not going to see the entire picture.”

Ryder has not played for the Black Caps, who are 9.00 to win the 2015 World Cup, since the end of January, and his availability for Otago is uncertain in the immediate future.

Otago Cricket chief executive Ross Dykes said he hoped the 30-year-old would play in their next T20 game against Canterbury on Thursday.

He said Ryder was currently dealing with a personal issue and had requested his privacy be respected.

“Otago is disappointed for Jesse but a player’s well-being is paramount and, with that in mind, our priority is to help him towards the best possible outcome,” added Dykes.

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