Former Australian cricketer Stuart MacGill kidnapped, assaulted and threatened at gunpoint

The 50-year-old former leg-spinner was allegedly abducted from near his home in Sydney on April 14.
Abhinav Goel Author

Updated - 5 May 2021 12:27 pm

Former Test cricketer Stuart MacGill was allegedly kidnapped from his home in Sydney last month before being released an hour later. The incident happened on April 14 but came to light later. Australian media reported that local police has arrested four men in connection with the kidnapping of former test cricketer Stuart MacGill.

MacGill ‘confronted’ and abducted at gunpoint

Police in a statement said that the 50-year-old was approached by a 46-year-old man at Cremorne on Sydney’s Lower North Shore on April 14 about 8pm. He was ‘confronted’ and abducted at gunpoint by two men. During the abduction, MacGill was forced into a vehicle forcibly by two men and then driven to the Belmore area of the city and was released after an hour. He is believed to have been badly hurt before being released.

MacGill reported the incident to police six days later

MacGill had been working at Greek restaurant Aristotle’s in Neutral Bay with his partner before the alleged kidnapping. He reported the incident to police six days later on April 20. Four men, aged 27, 29, 42 and 46, were arrested on Wednesday during early morning raids across Sydney and taken to local police stations for questioning. It’s understood one of the four men is known to MacGill.

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Macgill played 44 Test matches for Australia and 3 ODIs. He took 208 wickets in 44 Test matches between 1988 and 2008. Though he was mostly behind Aussie spin star Shane Warne in the national pecking order. Macgill called time on his career in 2008 and made a comeback in 2011 playing for Sydney Sixers at the Big Bash League.