Cricketer Jesse Ryder’s manager has dismissed any prospect of his star charge making a late appearance in the Indian Premier League, although his injuries from an alleged assault are not as serious as first thought.
Defence lawyer Jonathan Eaton claimed in court in Christchurch last week that Ryder did not suffer a fractured skull or a collapsed lung in an altercation outside Aikmans bar in Merivale, Christchurch, on March 28.
Ryder’s manager, Aaron Klee, declined to comment on those claims, saying he could not do so because the case was before the courts. But The Dominion Post understands from other sources that Ryder’s injuries, although serious, were not as critical as first reported.
Ryder was heavily concussed, and the damage to his lungs came after he was knocked out, when an involuntary reflex saw him inhale blood and vomit. His skull took a heavy blow but it was later determined there was no fracture.
Ryder recently tweeted: ”Thanks again for the support i keep receiving, its amazing Im getting better slowly but surely [sic].”
Ryder has a NZ$308,000 deal with the Delhi Daredevils team in the IPL Twenty20 competition but won’t see a bean unless he is available to play. The IPL runs until May 27.
If he is not available for the tournament, he would also be ineligible for the Champions League should Delhi qualify.
Asked whether the IPL was a definite write-off, Klee said: ”It would be extremely unlikely. He’s still very weak and can’t do a lot.”
Klee predicted it would be two to three months before Ryder was ”ticking over properly” again.
That sort of timeframe could tie in with the inaugural Caribbean Premier League in July, a competition for which Ryder’s friend, Ross Taylor, has just signed.
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