WELLINGTON: New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder is in hospital with serious head injuries after being involved in a fight in bar.
               
A Hospital spokesperson told local media that Ryder was in intensive care with a fractured skull. Calls to the hospital were not immediately returned. New Zealand Police said they were investigating an incident at a bar in which Ryder was involved.
               
Ryder, 28, had left the bar with a group of people when he became involved in the incident, police said in a statement. Police were called at 12:44 a.m. local time (1144 GMT) and Ryder was rushed to hospital by ambulance.

"We are piecing together what took place and speaking to witnesses to understand how this incident unfolded," Detective Senior Sergeant Brian Archer said in the statement. "I would ask anyone who witnessed the incident or were part of the group involved with Mr Ryder to contact police."
               
Ryder was in Christchurch playing for Wellington against Canterbury in the semi-final of New Zealand's domestic one-day competition on Wednesday. An eye witness told that the cricketer had been punched and kicked by at least four men.
               
"We are all shocked by what has occurred and extremely concerned for Jesse," New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White said in a statement. "New Zealand Cricket's thoughts are with him and his family."

(JPN/Agencies)

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