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Paarl Royals’ Star Player Robbed At Gunpoint Ahead Of SA20 2024 Playoffs

image-ls99cvn5Fabian Allen during a training session for WI (AP)

West Indies cricketer Fabian Allen was recently attacked and robbed at gunpoint outside the Paarl Royals’ team hotel. The incident took place in Johannesburg on February 5, i.e., mere days prior to the team’s planned Eliminator fixture against Joburg Super Kings in the city’s Wanderers Stadium.

Assailants rob Fabian Allen during SA20 2024

Fabian Allen, currently representing the Paarl Royals franchise in South Africa for the SA20 2024 season, became victim of a gunpoint mugging in Johannesburg. He was targeted outside the Sandton Sun hotel on February 5, i.e., just a day after Royals faced defending champions Sunrisers Eastern Cape in their final league game of the tournament.

According to sources, Allen was confronted by several gun-laden assailants, who forcibly snatched away his phone, a bag and other personal belongings. Cricket West Indies (CWI) confirmed the incident and assured that the cricketer is unharmed. They have also established contact with the 28-year-old.

Fabian Allen has played eight out of Paarl Royals’ 10 league fixtures this SA20 2024 season. During their game against Joburg Super Kings back on January 24, the 28-year-old West Indies all-rounder thwacked two match-winning sixes, including one in the penultimate over to seal a remarkable run-chase for his side.

Paarl Royals will now once again face the Joburg Super Kings, albeit this time in the all-important Eliminator showdown. The match will be hosted by the iconic Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg, and the action will commence from 9:00 PM IST onwards on February 7.

The winner of the match will subsequently face the winner of Qualifier 1 the following evening at the same venue.