WELLINGTON - Troubled New Zealand batting star Jesse Ryder was handed a World Cup lifeline Friday when selectors included him in the New Zealand A squad to tour the UAE next month. Ryder has had numerous off-field issues involving alcohol and has not played for the Black Caps since February, when he went on a late-night drinking session in Auckland before the start of a Test series against India. His chances of representing Kiwis at the World Cup looked bleak but he has hit a rich vein of form just as New Zealand are struggling to find an opening batsman in ODI format.