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Ryder dropped, Williamson added to New Zealand squad for World T20

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand - Troubled batsman Jesse Ryder has been omitted from New Zealand's squad for next month's World Twenty20 tournament in Bangladesh after being fined for a late-night drinking binge prior to a test match.

Ryder was seen drinking in Auckland bars with teammate Doug Bracewell in the early hours of the morning before the first day of the first cricket test against India this month. Both players accepted a charge of misconduct and were fined for their actions.

Ryder was omitted from the New Zealand squad for the second test against India that began in Wellington on Friday. Bracewell was also excluded due to a broken bone in his foot.

Ryder's place on the Twenty20 squad taken by the part-time spinner Kane Williamson, who is considered a possible asset on Bangladesh's slow, turning pitches.

National coach Mike Hesson has said that Ryder was likely to face more serious repercussions because he had lost the trust of the New Zealand selectors.

The drinking binge was just the latest incident of misconduct involving Ryder in recent years. Both he and Bracewell were suspended for one match in February 2012 after becoming involved in an altercation with bar patrons after a one-day match against South Africa in Napier.

Ryder then took an almost two-year break from test cricket to tackle personal and fitness issues, including a continuing battle with alcohol. He returned to the New Zealand team after 22 months for its one-day international series against West Indies in December and January.

Two other spin bowling options were also included in the Twenty20 squad — Roneel Hira and Anton Devcich — in anticipation of a pitch that will be slow and likely to turn.

"We were looking for batsmen who can play spin well, as well as some more spin bowling options," selection manager Bruce Edgar said.

Test fast bowler Trent Boult was also included in the absence of Adam Milne and Matt Henry, who are injured.

Hesson said New Zealand has likely attracted the attention of other teams after its strong performances in the short forms of the game at home this summer. New Zealand beat the West Indies in one-day international and Twenty20 series and world champion India 4-0 in a five-match one-day series.

"The goal for us is simply to keep to the same preparation that served us well over the summer and not get ahead of ourselves," Hesson said.

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New Zealand squad: Brendon McCullum (captain), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Anton Devcich, Martin Gptill, Roneel Hira, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Colin Munro, James Neesham, Luke Ronchi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson.

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