Patel and Vettori say sorry
Jeetan Patel and Daniel Vettori have apologised for their "completely unacceptable" behaviour on a night out.
Patel stumbled and banged his head and had to take himself to hospital on the first night of a New Zealand XI's four-day match against England last week.
He had been drinking with his fellow international spinner and former New Zealand captain Vettori, currently out of contention to play in the Test series against England because of injury.
A New Zealand Cricket statement read: "NZC understands that Jeetan Patel was refused entry to a bar in Queenstown.
"He subsequently fell and hit his head. Patel returned to the team hotel, felt unwell and took himself to A and E.
"NZC is deeply disappointed that a player was drinking during a four-day match.
"Team management has spoken strongly to Patel and Daniel Vettori, who he was with that evening, telling them that their behaviour was completely unacceptable.
"Both players apologised to team management at the time."
Patel's mother died two months ago, and NZC have taken into account his state of mind since as they deal with this latest example of player behaviour.
It came to light shortly after Doug Bracewell cut his foot while clearing up after a party and therefore had to miss the first Test in Dunedin.
"In speaking to Patel, team management was cognisant of his current personal issues," NZC added in their statement.
"Both Patel and Vettori wish to further apologise for their behaviour."
Patel said: "I am sorry for my behaviour that evening and I accept that it was totally inappropriate for me to be out drinking during a match where I was representing my country."
Vettori was in Queenstown to see medical specialists as he continues his recovery from an Achilles injury. "My behaviour was completely unprofessional in going out, and I should have spent time with Jeetan in another way," he said.
"I would like to apologise to the NZC medical team, who I was there to work with, and to anyone else who is disappointed in my behaviour."