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Former Australia cricketer MacGill charged with drug supply

AFP . Sydney
15 Sep 2023 17:13:17 | Update: 15 Sep 2023 17:13:17
Former Australia cricketer MacGill charged with drug supply
Australia's Stuart MacGill (L) appeals for an LBW decision as Sri Lanka's batsman Chamara Silva (R) looks on during the third day of the second Test match between Australia and Sri Lanka in Hobart on November 18, 2007 — AFP Photo

Former Australian Test cricket star Stuart MacGill has been arrested and charged for his alleged role in a commercial-scale cocaine deal, police said Friday.

The retired leg-spinner came to the attention of detectives in April 2021, when he was allegedly kidnapped by a group of armed men outside his apartment in affluent northern Sydney.

The 52-year-old restaurateur told Australian radio network SEN last year that the men "stripped me naked, beat me up, threatened me and then just dumped me".

Following a lengthy investigation into the incident, police have now alleged that MacGill's abduction was linked to his part in a drug deal.

Police said MacGill faced one count of "knowingly" taking part in the supply of a commercial quantity of a prohibited drug.  

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.