12 May 2009

NZ Cricket says there was no major Ryder incident

10:46 am on 12 May 2009

New Zealand cricket says while information's limited it's reasonably satisfied there was no major alcohol-related incident involving Jesse Ryder in South Africa, where he's playing in the Indian Premier League.

They say they're continuing to work with Ryder and his support team to ensure there's continuing, appropriate encouragement for him to stay off alcohol and looking forward to the Twenty20 World Cup in June.

The star batsman's told his manager Aaron Klee that after not drinking for more than three months he's disappointed with himself for breaking his pledge.

But Klee, and the Bangalore coach Ray Jennings, say reports of security guards having to restrain Ryder are grossly exaggerated and there's no issue.

Klee says Bangalore's very happy with Ryder's professionalism and attitude.