Doug Bracewell was rushing home after hearing of death of pet parrot, his lawyer said.
Jesse Ryder was injured after an altercation outside a Christchurch pub in March 2013, spending six days in hospital before eventually resuming his cricket career seven months later.
Kevin Pietersen became the fastest batsman to reach 1,000 first-class runs for Surrey.
New Zealand cricketer Jesse Ryder was found guilty of abusing match officials during a Plunket Shield match for Otago against Northern Districts and has received a one-match suspension in domestic first-class competition.
Jesse Ryder had been in a medically induced coma for three days after the assault.
Jesse Ryder is regarded as one of the Black Caps' few match-winners but his career has been littered with alcohol-fuelled incidents and chief selector Bruce Edgar said New Zealand were not prepared to gamble on him for the tournament.
Jesse Ryder told New Zealand's selectors Monday he is unavailable for personal reasons for the A team's tour which involves two limited-overs matches against Ireland and others against the UAE and Afghanistan.
Jesse Ryder has had numerous off-field issues involving alcohol and has not played for New Zealand since February, when he went on a late-night drinking session in Auckland before the start of a Test series against India.
Jesse Ryder gave New Zealand cricket some selection headache as he slammed 136 runs from 57 balls for Otago against Ireland in a limited-overs match.
Corey Anderson broke Shahid Afridi's record of the fastest ODI ton by 1 ball as New Zealand crushed West Indies in the third ODI at Queenstown Events Centre.