A day after being axed from the team for a late-night binge, New Zealand all-rounder Jesse Ryder on Friday apologised for his actions and vowed to overcome his drinking problems.
Ryder was dropped for the fourth one-dayer against West Indies tomorrow after missing a training session and a team meeting following a nightout after the Kiwis' victory in the third match.
"I'm totally committed to overcoming this problem and I understand I will have to work even harder," the 24-year-old, who has been involved in drink-related incidents, said. Ryder missed last year's tour of England after a drunken brawl at a Christchurch nightclub injuring his hand so badly that it required a surgery.
He was counselled by New Zealand Cricket last year but admitted that the problem is much bigger than what he thought. "I am only now starting to appreciate the size of the challenge that I face. I thought I'd reached the point where I could control my drinking better, but it's obviously not the case," Ryder said.
Matthew Sinclair will replace him in tomorrow's match. NZC chief executive Justin Vaughan said he was satisfied with the way Ryder has so far responded to the problem. "Since February last year, we have witnessed encouraging signs from Jesse both on and off the park. These vast improvements meant Jesse was recently given more latitude in his personal decision making," said Vaughan. "In hindsight, this was premature. However while it is a drinking-related issue, it does not compare with last February in its severity," he added.