Ryder forced to return home
Black Caps opener Jesse Ryder is to return to New Zealand after being ruled out of the ICC World Twenty20 tournament.
Last Updated: 13/06/09 10:10am
Black Caps opener Jesse Ryder is to return to New Zealand after being ruled out of the ICC World Twenty20 tournament through injury.
Ryder remained in a London hospital for tests on ongoing muscle pain rather than travelling with his team-mates to Trent Bridge for their Super Eights clash with Ireland on Thursday.
As a result, Otago batsman Aaron Redmond, who toured England last year with the Kiwis, has now come into the squad to replace the big-hitting opener for the rest of the tournament.
"Unfortunately medical advice is that it would be very difficult for Jesse to regain full fitness in time for the remainder of the tournament," New Zealand team manager Dave Currie said.
"Because of the time constraints at this stage of the tournament we have made the call to bring in a replacement player, and we're fortunate that Aaron has been able to join the side for today's game.
"It's a real disappointment for Jesse. He's one of the most explosive batsmen in the world and was well placed to make his mark on this tournament."
Ryder is just one of many injury doubts in New Zealand's squad with captain Daniel Vettori struggling because of a shoulder injury, James Franklin has a knee injury and Ross Taylor has been ruled out with a hamstring problem.