The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence has handed over the case of cricketer Krunal Pandya, who was intercepted at the Mumbai International Airport over suspicion of being in possession of undisclosed gold and other valuables, to the Airport Customs as the case was a non-recurring type, according to the DRI officials on Friday.
“Cricketer Krunal Pandya was stopped and luxury watches were found. The case, being small for DRI standards and non-recurring type, was handed over to Airport Customs as per normal practice,” DRI said. Krunal was held under the suspicion of possessing undisclosed gold and other valuables while returning from the UAE on Thursday night.
Krunal recently featured for Mumbai Indians in the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) held in UAE. The Rohit Sharma-led side won their fifth IPL title on Tuesday after defeating Delhi Capitals in the finals of the tournament. The franchise had earlier won the tournament in 2013, 2015, 2017, and 2019.
The all-rounder has played 71 matches for Mumbai Indians in the IPL. He was the player of the match in the IPL 2017 final and had helped Mumbai Indians defeat Rising Pune Supergiant to claim their third title. In this year’s IPL, Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) skipper KL Rahul won the Orange Cap while Delhi Capitals pacer Kagiso Rabada won the Purple Cap. Rabada finished with 30 wickets from 17 matches, while Mumbai Indians pacer Jasprit Bumrah finished the tournament with second-most wickets (27) this season.