Cricket-Ex-Australia test bowler MacGill kidnapped for ransom - reports

FILE PHOTO: Australia's Stuart MacGill prepares to bowl a delivery during a practice session at Kingsmead in Durban, South Africa March 23, 2006. Australia take on hosts South Africa in the second of a three test cricket match series Friday. REUTERS/Howard Burditt

SYDNEY (Reuters) -Australian police arrested four men in dawn raids on Wednesday in connection with the alleged kidnap and assault of former test cricketer Stuart MacGill, media reported.

The 50-year-old former leg-spinner was allegedly abducted near his home in Sydney on April 14 and taken to another part of the city where he was beaten and threatened with a gun, the media said.

New South Wales (NSW) state police, who verified the abduction reports but declined to identify the victim, said the man was freed an hour after his capture and no ransom was paid for his release.

"Our belief is that the motive was purely financial. He was seen as someone that they could get money from, although no money was paid prior to him being released," Detective Acting Superintendent Anthony Holton told reporters in Sydney.

The victim did not sustain any serious injuries but due to the traumatic experience he filed a police complaint six days after the attack, Holton said.

Police said the victim knew one of his captors.

Four men - aged 27, 29, 42 and 46 - were charged ahead of court appearances on Wednesday where media reported they did not apply for bail.

MacGill played 44 tests for Australia between 1998 and 2008 and probably would have earned many more caps had his career not coincided with that of fellow spin-bowler Shane Warne.

"Stuart's a wonderful former Australian cricketer and a member of the ACA," Australian Cricketers' Association chief executive Todd Greenberg told a news conference.

"My primary concern for Stuart today is his well-being. We've reached out to him ... and my primary message to him was to make sure he was all right."

(Reporting by Nick Mulvenney, Renju Jose and Byron Kaye in Sydney; editing by Shri Navaratnam and Stephen Coates)

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 46
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3

Next In Cricket

Cricket-West Indies win toss and will bowl in second test vs S Africa
Cricket-Ireland's O'Brien ends ODI career
Cricket-Rain washes out morning session of WTC final in Southampton
Cricket-India go with Ashwin and Jadeja plus three seamers for WTC final
Factbox: Cricket-West Indies vs South Africa - Second test
Cricket-Wilting West Indies aim for top-order solidity in second test
Cricket-India go with Ashwin and Jadeja with three seamers for WTC final
Cricket-Play both spinners in WTC final, Laxman tells India
Cricket-Du Plessis returns home after suffering concussion in PSL
Cricket-Smith ruled out, Cummins, Warner rested from Australia's Windies tour

Stories You'll Enjoy