New Zealand's Ryder in critical condition after being attacked outside Christchurch bar
20:41 GMT, 27 March 2013
22:09 GMT, 27 March 2013
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 after suffering a fractured skull and a collapsed lung.
It is understood that three men attacked the controversial cricketer from behind.
Critical condition: Jesse Ryder is in hospital in Christchurch after suffering serious head injuries
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.
Cricket tweets support for Ryder
Michael Vaughan (former England captain) – Devastating news regarding Jesse Ryder… Just hope he can pull through… Thoughts are with him and his family…
Boyd Rankin (Warwickshire and former Ireland seamer) – Get well soon Jesse Ryder!
Ross Taylor (New Zealand batsman, former captain) – Thinking of you mate @DijaRyder
Black Caps (Official New Zealand cricket Twitter account) – The whole NZC team's thoughts are with @DijaRyder this morning.
Luke Wright (England limited overs all-rounder) – Hope your ok @DijaRyder. Get well soon buddy.
Martin Guptill (New Zealand batsman) – Thoughts are with @DijaRyder this morning. Get well soon bro.
'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.
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.