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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Friday, December 20, 2013
WELLINGTON---Troubled batsman Jesse Ryder will
return to international cricket following a self-imposed
two-year exile after being named yesterday in the
New Zealand squad for the first two of five one-day
matches against the West Indies.
Ryder last played for New Zealand in a one-dayer
against South Africa in February 2012 after which he
was censured for breaking team rules by drinking
alcohol while injured.
He then made himself unavailable for New Zealand
while he tackled fitness and personal issues. During
that absence, Ryder served a six-month suspension
after testing positive to two banned substances contained
in a generic weight-loss medicine. He was also the
victim of a near fatal assault which left him in a coma
with head and lung injuries.
Ryder s recall has been hastened by his strong form
in New Zealand s domestic competitions, scoring more
than 500 runs at an average of 64 with two centuries
and two half centuries for Otago province this season.
"I set the goal to make it back earlier this year and
it is a great end to a tough year for me," Ryder said.
"I m more motivated than ever to perform for (New
New Zealand selection manager Bruce Edgar said
"Jesse gives us added firepower at the top of the order
and he has a proven international record."
Opening batsman Martin Guptill has also been
recalled to the 13-man New Zealand squad after missing
New Zealand s recent series against Bangladesh and
Sri Lanka because of injury.
Former Australian wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi has
been named to take the gloves from captain Brendon
McCullum, who is not expected to keep wicket in
international matches again because of a back injury.
The future of the World Test Championship has
been thrown into doubt after it emerged that broad-
casters and sponsors still hold grave reservations
over the value of the event and the various parties
organising it have failed to reach any agreement over
The inaugural Test Championship, which the ICC
hopes will become the showpiece event in the Test
schedule, is due to be staged in the UK in 2017. But,
with only four teams due to compete---the top four in
the Test rankings as of December 31, 2016---doubts
remain over its global appeal.
The key concern of the sponsors and broadcasters
is the identities of the competing teams. If any of the
major draws cards---especially India or England ---
should fail to qualify, the attraction and value of the
event would fall markedly. England s rapid descent in
the world rankings has rendered this a real danger and
could also result in some of the games being played
in less-than-full stadiums.
The ICC s current broadcast deal ends in 2015. The
last deal, agreed with ESPN Star Sports* in 2006, was
worth around $1.1 billion and helped fund a huge
increase in funding for Associate and Affiliate nations.
Any decrease in the value of the next deal, a genuine
possibility bearing in mind broadcasters lukewarm
response to the World Test Championship, will have
serious consequences for the game at every level in
most parts of the world.
Little progress has been made with the practicalities
of the event, either. While a simple option would see
the event consist of nothing more than two semi-finals
and a final, there are doubts over what happens in the
event of poor weather---hardly an unlikely event in the
UK---and whether such a format provides enough
cricket to capture the imagination of spectators and
the interest of sponsors.
Ryder recalled to
New Zealand squad
Kyle Mills and Mitchell McClenaghan will share the
new ball while Nathan McCullum and Kane Williamson
provide spin alternatives and room has been found for
all-rounders Corey Anderson and Jimmy Neesham.
Colin Munro has claimed the last middle-order batting
spot. The first game is at Auckland s Eden Park on
Boxing Day and the second at McLean Park, Napier
on December 29. (Cricinfo)
World Test Championship
still to reach agreement
will return to
cricket following a
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