Former Australian cricketer Stuart MacGill victim of targeted kidnapping, police say

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The Test cricketer, 50, was allegedly confronted by a 46-year-old man in the suburb of Cremorne on April 14. Two other men then appeared and forced him into a car.

New South Wales police said Mr MacGill, who played 44 Tests for Australia, was driven to a property in Bringelly, 30 miles away.

The kidnappers then assaulted and threatened the leg spinner with a firearm, police said.

After about an hour, he was driven to the south-west suburb of Belmore and released.

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

Detective Acting Superintendent Anthony Holton said: “No ransom demands were made. Our belief is 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.”

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