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Ex-Australia cricketer kidnapped for ransom -media

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Four people were arrested in Australia on Wednesday in connection to the alleged kidnapping and assault of former test cricketer, Stuart MacGill, according to local media reports.

New South Wales state detective Anthony Holton declined to name the victim, but confirmed reports of an abduction.

"Early this morning detectives from Strike Force Cain arrested four men following an investigation into the alleged kidnapping of a man from Sydney's Lower North Shore last month.”

Police added that the man was freed an hour after his capture but no ransom was paid for his release.

Local media reported the 50-year-old victim was former leg-spinner, MacGill, who was allegedly taken to another part of the city, beaten and threatened with a gun.

State police believe the perpetrator was motivated by money.

"Our belief is that 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 in the Belmore area."

Holton said the alleged victim did not sustain injuries, but filed a police complaint within a week after the attack.

MacGill played for Australia’s national test cricket team between 1998 and 2008.