Australia’s spinner who had been the part of the ongoing Sri lanka’s tour has been fined by Cricket Australia over a hotel Incident.
Injured spinner steve O’keefe has been fined $10,000 by cricket Australia after been issued with a criminal infringement notice by New South Wales police following an incident at a Sydney hotel on saturday night.
O’keefe, who played the first test of Australia’s ongoing tour of Sri lankan before being forced home due to a hamstring injury, accepted the penalty from Cricket Australia for breaching the Cricket Australia code of behaviour.
Just before 11pm on saturday 6 August 2016,a 31 year old attempted to enter the licensed premised at the Corso, a Manly, a New South Wales Police media statement said, as reported by the Daily Telegraph. “It will be alleged the man behaved offensively towards to a security guard, who had refused the man entry.”the man allegedly abused the security and management personnel , and refused to leave. Officers attached to Northern beaches local area command attended and the man was issued a criminal infringement notice for offensive behaviour, and excluded person live in vicinity of licensed premises.”
O’Keffe was charged by Cricket Australia with ‘conduct unbecoming of a player’ . Cricket Australia executive General Manager of team performance, Pat Howard, said that Cricket Australia was extremely dis apppinted with O’Keefe’s behaviour. “We take a zero tolerance approach to this type of behaviour from players at any level in Australian Cricket.” Howard said. ‘Steve understands our expectations and that we are extremely disappointed with the situation occurred, particularly as he is recovering from an injury.
Andrew Jones, the chief executive officer of New South Wales cricket, said that: Steve had a couple of difficult weeks but that is no excuse. We except a high standards from our players on and off the field and in this case Steve failed to meet those high standards. I have spoken to Steve and he is very disappointed with his behaviour. He has apologised to the management of the Steyne Hotel and accepts that he will be sanctioned.
Steve said in a statement that he took full responsibilty for his actions. “I know i have failed to uphold the high standards expected of a NSW and Australian cricketer and apologise to all concerned,’ Steve said. ” I take full responsibilty for my actions and accept the sanctioned handled to me by the Cricket Australia.”