Former Australian Test cricketer Stuart MacGill has broken his silence after his alleged kidnapping in April near his home on Sydney’s North Shore, denying any involvement in the abduction.
The renowned spin bowler spoke to Nine’s A Current Affair about a situation “that he couldn’t have done much about”.
MacGill has said he was abducted at gunpoint off a Cremorne street and driven dozens of kilometres to Bringelly in Sydney’s south-west.
“I was in a situation that is foreign to me and I was physically and mentally intimidated,” MacGill said on the program.
Four men have faced court on multiple charges over the ordeal which MacGill said was so frightening he waited five days to go to police.
"I've thought about it probably 20 hours a day ever since."
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“I wasn’t thinking particularly clearly in those first couple of days,” he told the program.
Strikeforce detectives are still investigating and are now keen to speak to at least two more potential suspects.
Detective Superintendent Andrew Koutsoufis at the Robbery and Serious Crime Squad, told A Current Affair that “what we allege he’s gone through is just horrific circumstances”.
“I feel for him and his family now that it’s all dragged out into the media as well,” Detective Superintendent Koutsoufis said.
“There is nothing to suggest he’s connected in any other way other than introducing the two people involved in the matter,” he told the program.
MacGill told the program: “I know I’ve done nothing wrong.”
“We consider ourselves to be the innocent parties in this one … if people choose to think something contrary to what’s been presented by both myself and the police then that’s up to them,” he said.
Perth-born MacGill played 44 Tests for Australia, taking 208 wickets at 29.02.
His international career was muted, having run concurrently with Shane Warne – the world’s undisputed leading leg-spinner.
MacGill later moved into hospitality, running Neutral Bay restaurant Aristotle’s, which he said he has been forced to shut down.