Krunal Pandya Stopped at Airport for Undisclosed Gold: Reports

Krunal did not have the best of seasons & picked up only 6 wickets from 16 games and a scored 109 runs with the bat.

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The Department of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) on Thursday stopped Indian cricketer Krunal Pandya at the Mumbai Airport on suspicion of allegedly carrying excess undisclosed amount of valuables, including gold, official sources said.

The Baroda cricketer, elder brother of star India all-rounder Hardik Pandya, was intercepted at the international airport where he landed from a UAE flight around 5 pm. Krunal was part of Mumbai Indians which won the recently concluded Indian Premier League held in the UAE.

According to the sources, he had reportedly made purchases of valuables, including gold chains, totalling to a huge amount, which was considered much above the permissible limits as per Indian laws.

After this was brought to his notice, Pandya admitted that he was unaware of the rules, apologised and even agreed to pay the penalties on the same.

He further assured that he would not repeat the error after which the DRI allowed him to leave.

Krunal, who has been a crucial cog in the Mumbai side, did not have the best of seasons and finished with only 6 wickets from 16 games and a total of 109 runs with the bat. In the final against the Delhi Capitals, it was Krunal who hit the winning runs for the Mumbai Indians.

According to the government rules, for Indians flying in from Dubai, male passengers can only bring in 50,000 INR worth of duty-free gold jewellery whereas the female passengers are allowed to carry double the amount.

(With inputs from IANS)

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