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N.Z. Cricketer Jesse Ryder Seriously Injured in Bar Assault

March 28, 2013

N.Z. Cricketer Jesse Ryder Seriously Injured After Bar Assault

Jesse Ryder of Wellington looks on after the HRV T20 Final match between the Otago Volts and the Wellington Firebirds at University Oval in Dunedin, New Zealand on Jan. 20, 2013. Photographer: Teaukura Moetaua/Getty Images

New Zealand cricketer Jesse Ryder is in a critical condition in a Christchurch hospital after he was attacked outside a bar.

Ryder was the victim of a serious assault early today and is in the hospital’s intensive care unit in an induced coma, Detective Senior Sergeant Brian Archer said in an e-mailed statement.

Ryder, who wasn’t available for international cricket this season, played a game for his Wellington provincial team in Christchurch yesterday. He is contracted to play for the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League which begins on April 3.

“We are all shocked by what has occurred and extremely concerned for Jesse,” David White, chief executive officer at New Zealand Cricket, said in an e-mailed statement.

Ryder last played for New Zealand in February 2012 before being stood down for a breach of team protocol involving an incident at a bar when he responded to taunts from a patron. New Zealand drew the third and final test against England on March 26, leaving the series tied at 0-0.

Ryder was involved in two separate altercations outside a bar in the suburb of Merivale, where he had been with some teammates, Archer said. The second incident resulted in him receiving “significant head injuries,” he said.

The injuries may include a fractured skull, the Press reported on its website.

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