The international future of troubled batsman Jesse Ryder is in doubt after he chose not to seek a new contract with New Zealand Cricket to concentrate on personal health and fitness goals.
New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White said the decision not to take up a contract for the 2012-2013 season was made by Ryder in consultation with his management and the New Zealand Cricket Players' Association.
White said “Jesse wants to concentrate on his personal goals without the media pressures, commercial pressures and other demands associated with being a contracted player.”
“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.”
Narine gets the call
London: Riding high on his success at the recently-concluded IPL, West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine is now all set to make his Test debut as he was called up to replace injured pacer Kemar Roach in the ongoing Windies tour of England.
The West Indies, who trail the ongoing Test series 0-2, will play Leicestershire in a two-day match this weekend before taking on England in the third and final Test at Edgbaston starting June 7.
London: An appeals court has upheld the conviction of a disgraced cricketer and an agent who were jailed over separate incidents of match-fixing.
Agent Mazhar Majeed was sentenced to two years and eight months last year for conspiring spot-fixing in 2010. Player Mervyn Westfield pleaded guilty to fixing in a separate case. He was jailed for four months. three-judge panel rejected their appeal Thursday.
A three-judge panel rejected their appeal.