New Zealand cricketer Jesse Ryder was admitted to Christchurch hospital after a reported late night assault near a food outlet.
According to reports by the local Fairfax Media, Ryder is understood to have a fractured skull and his condition is critical. The incident appears to have taken place shortly just after midnight at Papanui Road.
The local police is expected to have a press conference shortly to throw more light on the matter.
Former captain and close friend of Ryder, Ross Taylor had this to say on Twitter shortly after the incident.
Thinking of you mate @DijaRyder
— Ross Taylor (@RossLTaylor) March 27, 2013
Ryder played for Wellington yesterday in the Ford Trophy preliminary final against Canterbury in Christchurch.