The 2nd edition of the SA20 league is set to enter the playoffs stage and as the qualifying teams are gearing up for the business end of the tournament, a horrifying security incident has surfaced that has sent shockwaves among players and cricket fans.
West Indian cricketer Fabian Allen who is featuring for the Paarl Royals in the SA20 league has been robbed at gun-point near the popular Sandton Sun hotel in Johannesburg. South Africa’s Johannesburg is notoriously famous for its crime rates and the recent incident with West Indian cricketer has raised security reasons among other players in the teams.
Fortunately, Fabien Allen has not been harmed in the armed robbery attack although he has been looted of his cell phone, a bag, and his personal belongings. A top Cricket West Indies official has confirmed the news of the incident and the well-being of the cricketer.
As quoted by Cricbuzz, he said, “Our head coach Andre Coley, also hailing from Jamaica, reached out to Fabian. Contact was successfully established through Obed McCoy (another West Indies international). He is fine. CSA (Cricket South Africa) and his team, Paarl Royals, could share more details if there are any."
Fabien Allen poor form continues in SA20
Fabien Allen, a left-arm spinner who can also hit a long ball as a batter lower down the order, has represented the West Indies in 20 ODIs and 34 T20Is. Renowned for his ability to restrict batsmen during the middle overs, his T20I economy rate of 7.43 underscores this skill.
However, the 28-year-old has experienced a dip in form during the current SA20 season. Allen's highest score in six innings stands at 17*, while his bowling performance hasn't been exceptional either, with just a couple of wickets from four innings. Following the match against the Durba Super Giants last month, Allen was omitted from the XI, and considering the incident outside the team hotel, it seems unlikely that he will feature in the league anytime soon.