Australian Test spinner Stephen O’Keefe has been fined $10,000 by Cricket Australia for “offensive behaviour” at a Sydney pub last weekend.
O’Keefe, who returned home from Sri Lanka a week ago after straining his hamstring during the first Test in Kandy, was charged under CA’s code of behaviour.
The incident occurred on Saturday night at the Steyne Hotel in Manly.
CA charged O’Keefe with “conduct unbecoming of a player” and he accepted the hefty fine.
O’Keefe was also issued with an infringement notice by NSW Police for offensive behaviour and being an excluded person remaining in the vicinity of licensed premises.
“We take a zero-tolerance approach to this type of behaviour from players at any level in Australian Cricket,” said Cricket Australia general manager of team performance Pat Howard.
“Steve understands our expectations and that we’re extremely disappointed this situation occurred, particularly as he is recovering from an injury.”
The incident comes after a gutting exit from the Sri Lankan tour, sustaining the leg injury in just his third Test after fighting his way back into the team with some stand-out performances in Sheffield Shield cricket for NSW.
“I have spoken to Steve and he is very disappointed with his behaviour,” Cricket NSW CEO Andrew Jones said.
“He has apologised to the management of the Steyne Hotel and accepts that he will be sanctioned. Steve has had a difficult couple of weeks but that is no excuse.”