Controversial New Zealand all-rounder Jesse Ryder in critical condition after late-night bar attack
Cricketer reportedly set on by four men in Christchurch
Controversial 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.
An eye-witness in Aikman’s Bar in the suburb of Merivale, who would only identify himself as Adam, said the attack on Ryder “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.
Ryder has been involved in several drink-fuelled incidents in the past, but is not known to have been drinking last night. He has been in self-imposed exile from the international side in a bid to get his personal life in order.
He was due to fly to India today to start his £165,000 Premier League contract with the Delhi Daredevils.
His former international captain Ross Taylor tweeted: “Thinking of you mate.” Former England captain Michael Vaughan posted: “Devastating news regarding Jesse Ryder... Just hope he can pull through... Thoughts are with him and his family.”
Arsenal vs Tottenham player ratings: Mesut Ozil? Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain? Nacer Chadli? Who was the star man at the Emirates?
Colombian women's cycling team kit that makes wearer appear naked is branded 'unacceptable' by UCI president
Husain Abdullah penalised after celebrating a touchdown with a Muslim prayer - causing mass outrage among fans
Manchester United risk Uefa row over plan to play lucrative midweek friendlies
Cristiano Ronaldo banner: This is how Real Madrid striker reacted to the stunt by Manchester United fans
- 1 Reyhaneh Jabbari: Iran due to execute woman for murder of her alleged attempted rapist
- 2 Expert urges cat lovers to own just one animal each
- 3 Car tax disc changes: Two days to go - and they affect you much more than just not displaying a piece of paper
- 4 The Simpsons death: Creator Al Jean would 'kill himself' before character like Homer or Lisa
- 5 British man raped while urinating in bushes at Oktoberfest beer festival in Germany