Ryder in hospital after attack
New Zealand cricketer Jesse Ryder has been admitted to Christchurch Hospital after being attacked at a bar, police have confirmed.
According to reports in New Zealand, the 28-year-old all-rounder is in a critical condition in intensive care.
A statement on the New Zealand Police website read: "Police are investigating an incident at a bar in Merivale in the early hours of this morning.
"Police can confirm the incident did involve Jesse Ryder and that he is currently in Christchurch Hospital."
St John Ambulance confirmed to TVNZ that two ambulances responded to an alleged assault at 12.34am in the morning.
"We transported to Christchurch Hospital ED under lights and sirens one patient, a male, aged in his 20s, with very serious head injuries," St John Ambulance said.
New Zealand Cricket offered its support to the player.
A post on its official Twitter feed said: "The whole NZC team's thoughts are with @DijaRyder this morning."
Black Caps batsman Ross Taylor tweeted: "Thinking of you mate @DijaRyder."
Former England captain Michael Vaughan posted: "Devastating news regarding Jesse Ryder... Just hope he can pull through... Thoughts are with him and his family..."
Ryder, a controversial figure whose career has been plagued by off-field incidents, is on an indefinite break from international cricket and has not played for New Zealand since February last year.
Ryder has played 18 Tests and 39 one-day internationals for the Black Caps, his last appearance an ODI against South Africa.
He played yesterday for the Wellington Firebirds in the major preliminary final against Canterbury Wizards at Hagley Oval and was due to fly out to India this week to compete for the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League.
New Zealand Cricket revealed its chief executive David White, Peter Clinton from Cricket Wellington, Heath Mills from the New Zealand Cricket Players' Association and Ryder's manager Aaron Klee were flying to Christchurch.
"We are all shocked by what has occurred and extremely concerned for Jesse. New Zealand Cricket's thoughts are with him and his family", White said.
New Zealand Cricket said the four would likely hold a press conference once they had ascertained the facts surrounding Ryder's injuries and his current condition.