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Emirates Airline reacts after stopping Shikhar Dhawan’s wife and kids from boarding flight

The Emirates Airline has issued a statement for the inconvenience caused to Shikhar Dhawan and family.

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Shikhar Dhawan with his family. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

The Indian team reached Cape Town earlier today for the all-important tour of South Africa. However, in a bizarre series of events, Shikhar Dhawan’s family were not able to board the connecting flight from Dubai to South Africa and were forced to be stranded at the airport. His wife Ayesha children stopped from boarding the plane after Emirates employees asked for some documents of his wife Aesha and children as identification proofs.

Following the incident, an irked Dhawan took to his Twitter handle to express his disappointment and said that his family was waiting at the airport for their documents to arrive before they can fly off to South Africa. The right-handed batsman alleged that the airlines asked for some documents of his wife Aesha and children as identification proofs and added that the airlines did not inform them beforehand about it.

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Airline issues a statement

However, the Emirates Airline has issued a statement for the inconvenience caused to Shikhar Dhawan and family but simultaneously rejected the allegations made by the Indian batsman of “unprofessional” behaviour and said that it acted according to the South African laws.

“We note that the family was not able to continue their journey together as planned. We regret any inconvenience caused,” the spokesperson said in a statement.

“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 countries on their itinerary,” the spokesperson added according to quotes on Outlook India.

Shikhar Dhawan uncertain for Cape Town Test

Earlier, Dhawan’s participation in the first Test against South Africa starting on January 5 became doubtful as he was seen limping while entering the Team India hotel in Mumbai.

The 32-year-old left-hander picked up an ankle injury and was seen with a heavily strapped left-ankle on Wednesday before leaving. He was accompanied by physio Patrick Farhart and had undergone an MRI scan.

Dhawan has been in good form after making his comeback to Test cricket in Sri Lanka and has hit 550 runs from eight innings, including two centuries. He was expected to play the first Test alongside Murali Vijay. However, if he is rendered unfit for the first Test, then in-form KL Rahul is expected to open the batting with Vijay.

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