/ 06 May 2021

Spinner caught and then dropped (off…)

Geez, the cricket community are in the news a bit this week… Four men were arrested by police yesterday over the alleged kidnapping of former Aussie Test cricketer Stuart MacGill from Sydney’s Lower North Shore in April. In the hour-long ordeal, the 50yo was confronted by Marino Sotiropoulos – the brother of his restaurant-owning partner – and forced into a vehicle. He was taken to Sydney’s southwest, assaulted and threatened with a gun by the group before he was released. That happened on 14 April, but MacGill didn’t report it to police until 6 days later because he said he was fearful for his family. Authorities believe the spin bowler was targeted for money, but said he did not have a personal debt to the kidnappers. The 4 men, who are alleged to be involved in a drug-dealing crime gang, were denied bail yesterday. MacGill was considered to be a great bowler in his day – problem was he was up against the King of Spin Shane Warne for selection.  

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