New Zealand cricketer Jesse Ryder has been admitted to Christchurch Hospital in a critical condition after he was attacked outside a local bar here, police said on Thursday.
"The cricketer is in an induced coma in Christchurch Hospital with critical injuries - including a fractured skull and a punctured lung - after an ´unprovoked´ bar attack," The New Zealand Herald reported.
The incident occurred outside Aikman´s Bar in the suburb of Merivale on Wednesday when Ryder was leaving the bar.
The Christchurch Police said they are reviewing closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage from around the time of the incident.
Detective Senior Sergeant Brian Archer said: "As Jesse was leaving the premises an altercation has taken place in the outdoor courtyard and on the footpath outside Aikmans, involving Jesse and a group of at least two other males."
He said: "This was a relatively brief incident and was over quite quickly. Following that incident Ryder, accompanied by two other people, walked across the road towards McDonalds, where his Wellington team-mates had earlier gone to purchase food."
"We believe one or two people from the group involved in the initial altercation have followed Ryder across the road, and a second incident has taken place at the entrance to the McDonalds car park, involving one of the males from the earlier group," he said.
Archer said it appeared that the New Zealand batsman was a victim of a serious assault.
"In that incident it appears that Jesse has been the victim of a serious assault and has suffered significant head injuries. Ambulance and police were called at around 12.44am, and Jesse was taken to hospital where he remains in intensive care," he said.
Reacting to the incident, New Zealand Cricket CEO David White said in a statement: "We are all shocked by what has occurred and extremely concerned for Jesse. New Zealand Cricket's thoughts are with him and his family."
Ryder was likely to fly to India this weekend to play the sixth edition of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) for Delhi Daredevils.