Jesse Ryder, the New Zealand batsman, has said he felt like he was "hung out to dry" in the aftermath of the incident at the Napier hotel during the ODIs against South Africa earlier this year. Ryder said he had not done anything wrong and the whole episode, which in his opinion was blown out of proportion, diminished his love for cricket.
"I think what happened in that South African series really did burn me out - the whole going out and wrecking team protocol thing," Ryder told Fairfax NZ News. "In my opinion, I didn't do anything wrong whatsoever. I wasn't even injured and it all just escalated into something that it shouldn't have. I felt like I was hung out to dry. I knew I was going to take the full force of it too because that's just the way it goes really."
Following the defeat in the Napier ODI in February, Ryder and Doug Bracewell went out to a hotel and were subsequently involved in an argument with a patron. New Zealand Cricket said the players had broken team protocol and compromised their preparation for the third one-dayer. They were dropped from the squad.