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Stuart MacGill: Former Australian cricketer victim of targeted kidnapping, police say |  Cricket News


Stuart MacGill, 50, was kidnapped and released in an alleged kidnapping in Sydney last month, New South Wales Police said; Four men were arrested in dawn raids on Wednesday; MacGill played 44 tests for Australia between 1998 and 2008.

Last updated: 05/05/21 6:41 am

Stuart MacGill, pictured in 2017, served as a leg consultant in England

Former Australian cricketer Stuart MacGill was the victim of a targeted kidnapping in Sydney, police said.

The leg spinner, 50, was reportedly confronted by a 46-year-old man in the outskirts of Cremorne on April 14 before two other men appeared and forced him into a car.

NSW Police said MacGill, who had played 44 tests for Australia and taken 208 wickets, was taken to a property in Bringelly, 30 miles away, where he was assaulted and threatened with a gun.

He was later released and police will allege the 46-year-old was known to MacGill, who played domestic cricket for Somerset, Devon and Nottinghamshire.

Four men, aged 27, 29, 42 and 46, were arrested in dawn raids on Wednesday.

Acting Detective Superintendent Anthony Holton said: “No ransom demand was made. Our belief is that the motive was purely financial.

“He was seen as someone they could get money to, although no money was paid until he was released.”

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