New Zealand's aggressive batsman Jesse Ryder has returned to the team setup after a doping suspension and absence of almost two years.
The Black Caps batsman last played for the country in February 2012 and took a self-imposed break following off-field disciplinary issues. Ryder served a doping ban of six months earlier this year and managed to survive an assault that left him in a coma with serious head injuries.
"Jesse gives us added fire power at the top of the order and he has a proven international record," the national selection general manager, Bruce Edgar, said.
Ryder tested positive for two banned stimulants, 1-Phenylbutan-2-amine (PBA) and N, alphadiethyl-benzeneethanamine (DEBEA), when he was tested at Ford Trophy Wellington Firebirds' game against Northern Knights on 24 March 2013. The Sports Tribunal of New Zealand accepted that Jesse Ryder had no intention to cheat and ingested the stimulants when taking the dietary supplement Gaspari Detonate to battle weight problems.
"I'm devastated by this situation," Ryder said at that time. "I've never taken drugs and to be in this situation distresses me greatly. I simply took the supplement alongside a training program I was completing to help me lose weight.
"I have attended anti-doping education seminars during my time in cricket and am a strong supporter of Drug Free Sport New Zealand.
"I'm aware of the precautions you need to take; I did take steps to check the supplement but ultimately it was my responsibility and I accept that.
"Whilst everyone is aware of my well documented battles with alcohol, it's important for me to state that I abhor drug use of any kind, both recreational and performance-enhancing in sport."
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