Wellington: New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder has admitted it was carelessness on his part that led to his consuming a banned substance, and that he was relieved to have been banned for only six months.
“It was definitely no one else’s fault but mine for taking the pill. I did all the research and found nothing wrong with them. My one fault — other than taking them — was not contacting Drug Free Sport NZ (to check whether the pill was on a banned list),” Ryder said. “It has been a long few months, not knowing if I’ve still got a career left or not; if you fail a test you can get two years. I feel fortunate. Six months was what I was hoping for. It wasn’t the worst I could have got.”
Ryder cannot participate in cricket-related activity until October 19, following the ban handed out by the New Zealand Sports Tribunal for failing a drug test during a Ford Trophy match in March. He was informed of the positive result on April 12 and faced a hearing earlier this month. (Agencies)