West Indies international Fabian Allen has been mugged at gunpoint while competing in South Africa’s domestic T20 franchise competition.
The 28-year-old cricketer from Jamaica is in the country playing for Paarl Royals in the SA20 league, and was left shaken after being the target of a random attack outside a team hotel in Johannesburg.
Allen was confronted by thugs armed with guns outside the Sandton Sun Hotel, who took his phone, bag, and other personal belongings, according to Cricbuzz.
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Allen was said to have escaped physically unharmed, but the incident has raised concerns around the safety of the players at South Africa’s showpiece tournament.
The allrounder was not included as part of the West Indies’ current tour of Australia, but has been in contact with Cricket West Indies officials, who say he was rocked by the distressing confrontation.
“Our head coach Andre Coley, also hailing from Jamaica, reached out to Fabian,” a CWI spokesperson told Cricbuzz.
“Contact was successfully established through (fellow West Indies international) Obed McCoy. He is fine.
“CSA (Cricket South Africa) and his team, Paarl Royals, could share more details if there are any.”
Fabian Allen was shaken by the incident. Credit: Gareth Copley/Getty Images
Allen last played international cricket for the West Indies in February 2022 against India and has yet to make his Test debut.
The Royals will play an elimination final against the Joburg Super Kings on February 8 (AEST).
The SA20 has already drawn headlines for contributing to the ongoing erosion of Test cricket, with CSA contracted players like Aiden Markram, Temba Bavuma, Tristan Stubbs, Kyle Verreynne, Marco Jansen, Gerald Coetzee, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi and Keshav Maharaj unavailable for the Test tour of New Zealand because of obligations to player in their domestic franchise league.
That left uncapped South African opener Neil Brand to captain the Proteas on debut, leading a squad that includes only three players from its previous series against India.
None of their first-choice bowling attack, which is world-class, was available for the tour.
Predictably, the Kiwis were in complete control of the first Test after Day 2, having posted a monster first innings score of 511 before quickly condemning South Africa to 4-80.