March 29, 2013 5:50 AM
New Zealand police revealed on Friday that a 20-year-old man has been charged in connection with the assault on New Zealand cricketer Jesser Ryder. Detective Senior Sergeant Brian Archer announced the development at a news conference in Christchurch on Friday. Ryder remained in an induced coma with critical injuries on Friday morning after the seemingly unprovoked assault just a day before he was due to leave New Zealand for another season in the lucrative Indian Premier League. A Christchurch Hospital spokesman said Ryder's condition had not changed overnight. Police said they had been unable to establish a motive for a late-night assault outside a bar, which left Ryder with a fractured skull and punctured lung. Family members asked that details of other injuries suffered by the cricketer were not made public. Police added that Ryder was attacked twice in quick succession as he left a bar shortly after midnight with team mates from Wellington who were in Christchurch for a domestic cricket match. Ryder was due to leave New Zealand on Friday to take up a 260,000 (US dollars) contract with the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League. He has played 18 tests for New Zealand, scoring three centuries and six half centuries with a top score of 201 against India.