Wellington: Troubled New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder will take an indefinite break from cricket to deal with personal issues after being dropped following a drinking binge. (Agencies)
Ryder had been through a "deeply stressful and emotional time" and needed to concentrate on his personal wellbeing, the player's manager Aaron Klee said on Friday.
Ryder and paceman Doug Bracewell were suspended from the New Zealand one-day team for one match after going drinking after a loss to South Africa in Napier last week and becoming involved in a row in a hotel.
The 27-year-old Ryder was also left out of the Test squad for this week's first Test against the Proteas, although selectors insisted the omission was due to concerns about form and fitness.
He has a Test batting average of 40.93 and an ODI average of 34.37 but his career has been marred by incidents involving alcohol.
Klee said Ryder, who is contracted to the Wellington Firebirds, decided to stand down from all forms of cricket after discussions with his management, Cricket Wellington, a psychologist and the players' association.
Ryder could be available for the Firebirds within weeks "but it would be imprudent of me to try and put an exact date on this", said Klee.
"We are not dealing with this from a professional perspective as a cricketer, this is all about Jesse as a person," Klee said. "That is my total focus as his manager and as his friend."
Wellington: Troubled New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder will take an indefinite break from cricket to deal with personal issues after being dropped following a drinking binge.