Wellington, May 31: New Zealand cricketer Jesse Ryder's cricketing future seems to be bleak after he chose not to sign a new contract with New Zealand Cricket in order to concentrate on his health and fitness goals.
New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White said the decision not to take up the contract for the next year (2012-2013 season) was made by the Kiwi opening batsman Ryder in consultation with his management and the players association.
Ryder made his point clear when he met the officials of New Zealand Cricket on Wednesday as a part of his annual review.
White also clarified that the Kiwi batsman was keen on concentrating on his personal goals and doesn't want to be under any pressure being a contracted player.
"Jesse wants to concentrate on his personal goals without the media pressures, commercial pressures and other demands associated with being a contracted player," White said.
The opening batsman's contract with New Zealand Cricket expires on August 1, 2012. Recent off-field incidents have affected Ryder's cricketing career.
The explosive batsman has not played international cricket since last season's one day series against South Africa. He was also suspended for a match during that series for breaking the rules by drinking alcohol while he was injured.
But the cricketer was seen in action in the fifth edition of Indian Premier League as he was a part of the Pune Warriors team. Due to this and his off-field incidents, he was not considered for New Zealand's forthcoming tour to the West Indies.
White also said that New Zealand Cricket would continue to offer support to the cricketer even if Ryder has not signed the contract.
"All of the evidence shows that Jesse is on the right track, both on and off the field, but we're aware that there are still steps to be made," White said. "While cricket remains an important part of his life, it is his health and well-being that need to be the primary focus."