Vettori and Patel apologise for drinking night

Zeenews Sports Bureau

Dunedin: New Zealand`s ex-captain Daniel Vettori and spinner Jetan Patel issued an apology on March 07 after it was revealed that Patel`s inability to take the field against England in a warm-up Test match last was attributed to an injury suffered due to a night of heavy drinking by the Kiwi duo.

New Zealand Cricket (NZC) deemed the behaviour "completely unacceptable" and explained the Queenstown incident in an official statement.

"NZC understands that Jeetan Patel was refused entry to a bar in Queenstown," the statement went, "He subsequently fell and hit his head. Patel returned to the team hotel, felt unwell and took himself to A and E (the accident and emergency ward)."

The bowler who was part of the New Zealand XI`s warm-up squad missed the second day`s proceedings and the word from the team management was that he was "unwell". Vettori wasn`t even in the team as he looks to recover from a leg injury.

"My behaviour was completely unprofessional in going out and I should have spent time with Jeetan in another way," said Vettori, "I would like to apologise to the NZ Cricket medical team who I was there to work with and to anyone else who is disappointed in my behaviour."

Jeetan also apologised, adding that it was "totally inappropriate for me to be out drinking during a match where I was representing my country".

With inputs from agencies