Psychologist to assist Ryder during IPL 5

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Published: Thursday, March 29, 2012, 14:01 [IST]
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IPL 5: Ryder to take psychologist to IPL

Wellington, Mar 29: New Zealand's Jesse Ryder has asked a psychologist to assist him in IPL, after an indefinite break from international cricket following a one-match ban for drinking last month.

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Ryder has been involved in various alcohol-related incidents throughout his career, took an indefinite break from cricket, after he was banned for a match following an One day international against South Africa in Feb 2012.

Though he did not specify the reason for taking a break from cricket, New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White said that Ryder has reached a point where he is ready to play competitive cricket again".

Ryder, playing for Pune Warriors in the Indian Premier League was keen on making a return while IPL has given him an opportunity to play at a challenging level.

"He has clear expectations from NZC in terms of what is required from him to make a return to international cricket and playing in the IPL is a good first step."

New Zealand cricketer's psychologist, Karen Nimmo and manager Aaron Klee are expected to accompany Ryder for IPL 5, to continue their work.

"Jesse has been making steady progress over the past few weeks. While the IPL has clear challenges, and is a big step, I believe he's ready to take it," Nimmo said.

"Cricket is Jesse's job and what he's good at, so I was keen to see him return to the game as soon as practical, but only with the right structures in place."

Klee has said a comprehensive support has been prepared with full backing of the Pune franchise.

"Karen is travelling to India the day after Jesse and will continue her work with him there while I'll be going over a little later to carry that work on," Klee said.

"Jesse is desperate to perform on and off the field, and get his career back on track."


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