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Shikhar Dhawan's Family Not Allowed to Board Flight to SA, Hits Out at Airlines

Cricketnext | Updated: December 29, 2017, 8:04 PM IST
Shikhar Dhawan's Family Not Allowed to Board Flight to SA, Hits Out at Airlines

File image of Shikhar Dhawan with his family (Getty Images)

Indian opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan and his family has had to face an unexpected ordeal while on their way to South Africa which has led to the cricketer hitting out at the airlines, by which they were flying, on twitter.

Dhawan in an angry, two part, tweet wrote - "Absolutely unprofessional from @emirates. Was on my way 2 SA with my fam & was told tht my wife and kids can't board the flight from Dubai to SA. Was asked to produce birth certificates & other documents fr my kids at the airport which we obviously didn't have at that moment."

"They are now at Dubai airport waiting for the documents to arrive. Why didn't @emirates notify about such a situation when we were boarding the plane from Mumbai? One of the emirates' employee was being rude for no reason at all."




Emirates Airlines issued an official statement and Cricketnext got an copy of the same which says -

"We note that the family was not able to continue their journey together as planned. We regret any inconvenience caused. However, since 1 June 2015, according to South African regulations, anyone travelling to the country with a minor under 18 needs to prove parenthood or guardianship – while adults travelling alone with their children need to show that they have the consent of their non-travelling partner. Like all airlines, we must comply with the laws of every country in which we operate and this is a shared responsibility with passengers, who are required to hold valid travel documents for all ountries on their itinerary," the statement read.

Dhawan appears to be a doubtful starter for the first Test against South Africa, starting January 5, due to an ankle injury. Before Indian team's departure, Dhawan was seen entering the team hotel limping with his left-ankle heavily strapped. He was accompanied by physio Patrick Farhart and has undergone for an MRI scan.

"Shikhar Dhawan's ankle is being assessed. The physio is yet to give any report to the national selectors. As of now, he is travelling with the team. However, it can't be ascertained whether he will be available for the first Test match or not," a senior BCCI official said on the condition of anonymity.

If Dhawan is rendered unfit for the first Test, then in- form KL Rahul is expected to open the batting with the dependable Murali Vijay. As per the selection pattern of the Indian teams whenever there has been an injury concern, the fourth opener currently would be Tamil Nadu's Abhinav Mukund, who had scored 82 in his last Test appearance in Sri Lanka.

First Published: December 29, 2017, 2:19 PM IST

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