Ryder in critical condition after late-night attack
The New Zealand all-rounder Jesse Ryder is in intensive care after suffering a fractured skull in an attack which began in a bar and carried on outside a fast food outlet.
Ryder, who last played for his country in February last year, was said to have been set upon by four men while in a bar with his provincial team mates in Christchurch. The New Zealand captain Ross Taylor tweeted: "Thinking of you mate."
An eye-witness in Aikman's Bar in the suburb of Merivale said the attack on Ryder, above, "looked unprovoked" and that four men "absolutely smashed him".
A police statement read: "Police are investigating an incident at a bar in Merivale in the early hours of this morning. Police can confirm the incident involved Jesse Ryder and that he is in Christchurch Hospital."
Ryder was in the city having played for Wellington against Christchurch in the major preliminary final of the provincial one-day competition.
He was due to fly to India today to start his £165,000 Premier League contract with the Delhi Daredevils.
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