Australia batsman David Warner has been handed a one-match suspended sentence from Cricket New South Wales after missing a grade match to go horse racing.
Warner was scheduled to line up for Randwick Petersham on the second day of their two-day match against Northern Districts.
All New South Wales players are required to play for their grade clubs when available and fully fit, however Warner undertook a private training session before heading to the races.
Warner said: "I believed I was doing the right thing by focusing on my training and batting, but in hindsight I should have played.
"I remain determined to score runs for NSW and Australia and am also looking forward to taking the field for Randy-Petes this round."
The sanction continues a difficult year for Warner who found himself embroiled in controversy on Australia's summer tour of England, sparked by a contretemps with Joe Root in a nightclub.
He sat out the first two Ashes Tests before being dropped from Australia's one-day squad for the five-match ODI series in September.
NSW Cricket chief executive Andrew Jones said: "This has been an unfortunate episode.
"Like most cricket fans, I and all at Cricket NSW would like nothing more than to see David Warner achieve his potential on and off the field.
"We believe the suspended sentence demonstrates our good faith and gives David the opportunity to prove his commitment to NSW's fans and stakeholders, including the Grade clubs."
Warner was not selected for the current one-day tour of India and Australian coach Darren Lehmann urged him to head back to state level and rediscover his form.
But he has had scores of only four and zero from his first two outings with the Blues in the Ryobi Cup so far.