Web Desk — Australia’s former star cricketer Stuart MacGill has been charged for playing an alleged role in a large cocaine supply plot.
Sydney police on Tuesday arrested the 52-year-old, who played 44 Test matches for Australia. Police investigations started back in 2021 when MacGill was allegedly abducted and beaten by some unknown assailants.
MacGill was a headline story in April 2021 after telling police he was confronted and forced into a car in the Sydney suburb of Cremorne. According to the former cricketer, he was allegedly driven to a remote site on the city’s outskirts, where he was assaulted and threatened at gunpoint, before being driven to a third location and released.
The former spinner is yet to enter a plea but has previously denied being involved in supplying drugs.
MacGill, in an interview following the alleged abduction, said he had done nothing wrong and police at the time said he was “purely” a victim.
Six people – including his then-partner’s brother – have been charged over the incident and police after a two-year probe, have now also charged MacGill with taking part in the supply of a large commercial quantity of a prohibited drug.
According to the local media reports, the alleged deal involved more than $300,000 of cocaine. MacGill has been given bail but he will appear before court on 26 October.
MacGill was among the top Australian cricketers and at one point ranked the world’s second-best bowler, behind his team-mate Shane Warne. MacGill was a spinner for the national team between 1998 and 2008.