WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Batsman Jesse Ryder has made his first steps toward winning a place at next year's cricket World Cup after being included in a New Zealand A cricket team which will play matches against Ireland, Afghanistan and the United Arab Emirates next month.

Ryder hasn't been considered for New Zealand selection since January when he was involved in a late night drinking session on the eve of the first test against India.

Selection manager Bruce Edgar says his selection in the 13-man squad to play in Dubai wasn't a sign his return to the full New Zealand team is imminent.

"It's an important step for Jesse but it is only a first steps. His future prospects will depend on his performance on and off the field in Dubai," Edgar says.