Steve O’Keefe retires from first-class cricket after NSW contract snub


Sydney: Australian left-arm spinner Steve O’Keefe has decided to quit his first-class career on Sunday after New South Wales opted not to reward him the contract.

The 35 -year-old was the leading wicket-taker among spinners in the recent Sheffield Shield season.

O’Keefe was disappointed that he was not offered another contract with the Blues but was grateful for the many opportunities that Cricket NSW had given him over such a long career.

“I was disappointed when I was told that I wasn’t getting a contract but I respect and accept the decision, so I have decided to retire from first-class cricket,” O’Keefe said in a statement.”

“It’s been such a privilege to play for my country and captain my state, but above everything else, I’m most proud to have played alongside some of the best blokes I’ve ever met,” he added.

He took 301 wickets in 88 First-Class matches, including nine Tests for Australia, famously returning career-best figures of 12-70 against India in Pune, February 2017. His 6-35 in each innings were the best figures taken by a visiting spinner during a Test in India.

He also appeared in seven T20 Internationals for Australia collecting six wickets. He will continue to play for Sydney Sixers in the T20 Big Bash League.