Parties and 'free booze' part of IPL, says Ryder

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Published: Monday, July 2, 2012, 13:38 [IST]
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Parties, 'free booze' part of IPL: Ryder

Wellington, Jul 2: New Zeland's Jesse Ryder, who played for Pune Warriors in the Indian Premier League (IPL) this year, has revealed that IPL had "some many parties" and they had "free booze."

Ryder, who was dropped from the New Zealand team on disciplinary grounds in March this year, had admitted that he had drinking problem.

After that he had announced of taking a break from cricket but decided to play in IPL 5 in April and May. He lost out the central contract for 2012-12 from New Zealand Cricket (NZC).

In an interview wot Fairfax Sports, Ryder spoke about IPL and his troubles. According to the left-handed batsman, IPL is an "easy life."

"It's an easy life over there. They (IPL franchises) look after you so well and there's so many parties and at those parties, there's free booze," Ryder said.

Ryder said he was happy to have played the IPL without any incidents.

"Unlike the past, I got through it (IPL) easy without drinking or incident. I think the whole reason for that is, that for the first time, this is my call to stop the drinking. This time it's not about having everyone else push me into it. In the past, I've just been frustrated the whole time, you know. But this time, it was my call. It's all on me. I want to do this for myself."

During the initial stages of IPL, Ryder had brought clinical psychologist Karen Nimmo along with him.

About the incident in South Africa where he was dropped from the team after an incident in a hotel. He admitted that he had "hit rock bottom" during that time in South Africa.

"I was just hammering it and it did get to a point where I think I needed to hit rock bottom to see how bad things actually were."

"I'm also probably in the best head-space I've been in for a long time. In the end, everything's probably going to work out for the best. I think I'm a completely different person now than I was six months ago. I'm sharper, fitter and on to it. Look, I know I've had the drinking problem. But that's it and it's sorting itself as we go on a day-by-day basis. I'm all good," he added.


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