Sydney - Australian
Test star Stephen O'Keefe has been fined A$20 000 (R207 000) for
making "highly inappropriate" comments while drunk during a cricket
function and ordered to undergo counselling, authorities said on Friday.
The spinner, one of the best bowlers during Australia's recent
four-Test series in India, was also banned from playing in the
Australian one-day domestic competition this year.
It is the second time the 32-year-old has been in alcohol-fuelled
trouble, after being fined last year for offensive conduct at a Sydney
"There is no time or place for unacceptable behaviour from any of our
players in Australian cricket, and we continue to take a zero-tolerance
approach to this," said Cricket Australia team performance general
manager Pat Howard.
"We're extremely disappointed this situation occurred, particularly
on the back of a previous incident, and it now overshadows Stephen's on
field performance on the recent tour of India."
O'Keefe said he accepted the fine and would undergo "specialist counselling" as demanded.
"At an official Cricket NSW function I became intoxicated and made
highly inappropriate comments. There is no excuse for this and I take
full responsibility and offer an unconditional apology," he said.
"I have a big challenge ahead and I am determined to meet it with actions, not just words."
Left-armer O'Keefe has played eight Tests since making his debut in 2014, taking 33 wickets at an average of 27.30.