Wellington: New Zealand opener Jesse Ryder has been ruled out of the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka as he is still recovering from an elbow injury.
Ryder injured the ligaments in his elbow prior to the ICC World Twenty20 in the Caribbean.
“Due to the compressed nature of the tour and his speed of recovery so far we feel we have insufficient time to get Jesse fully fit and able to take part in any of the one-day matches,” coach and selector Mark Greatbatch said.
“Therefore we have made the decision to keep Jesse in New Zealand where he will continue his rehabilitation from the elbow injury and return to playing as soon as possible,” The Dominion Post quoted Greatbatch, as saying.
The 14-man New Zealand cricket squad leaves for Darwin on Friday for a training camp.
Ryder’s absence in Sri Lanka further weakens the Ross Taylor-led New Zealand who are already without regular skipper Daniel Vettori and Brendon McCullum, each on paternity leave.