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Australian police on
Wednesday arrested four men in connection with the armed kidnapping of former leg-spinner
Stuart MacGill.

The men were detained in a pre-dawn raid in Sydney,
following the kidnapping of the cricketer in the city’s affluent Lower North
Shore last month.

MacGill was lauded as a talented bowler and played 44 Tests for Australia, but was unlucky that his career coincided with that of Shane Warne, ranked by many as the best spin bowler of all time.

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Police said that on April 14 the 50-year-old MacGill was
confronted by three men at an intersection and bundled into a vehicle.

He was driven to a property an hour out of the city where he
was allegedly assaulted and threatened with a firearm before being released
after the hour-long ordeal.

“I know it was only an hour that he was held but it
would have been a horribly frightful hour to endure,” NSW Police
superintendent Anthony Holton told media.

MacGill, who knew one of his alleged kidnappers, was
“still quite shaken” by the incident, Holton said.

After “extensive investigations” a police strike
force and riot officers arrested four men aged 27, 29, 42 and 46, in the early
hours of Wednesday.

Although no ransom was paid police believe the kidnapping
was financially motivated.

The four men were in the process of being charged and were
expected to appear in court later on Wednesday.

Abdul Gh Lone