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Customs seized Hardik Pandya's luxury watches; the cricketer clarifies.

Pandya was allegedly unable to present the invoices for the watches when he returned home with other Indian players after India's loss in the ICC Men's T20 World Cup group stage.

Customs seized Hardik Pandyas luxury watches; the cricketer clarifies.
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The customs officials at the Mumbai airport seized two of Indian international cricketer Hardik Pandya's watches, estimated to be worth roughly Rs 5 crore. After arriving in Dubai, he surrendered the watches at the airport.

Pandya was allegedly unable to present the invoices for the watches when he returned home with other Indian players after India's loss in the ICC Men's T20 World Cup group stage. The player, who is also a member of the Reliance Industries-owned IPL team Mumbai Indians, has clarified the situation.

"Early on Monday morning, 15th November, on my arrival from Dubai, after picking up my luggage, I voluntarily went to Mumbai airport customs counter to declare the items brought by me and pay the requisite customs duty. Wrong perceptions have been floating around on social media regarding my declaration to customs at Mumbai airport, and I would like to clarify about what transpired," the statement posted on Pandya's official Twitter account read.

Pandya clarified that the watch costs Rs 1.5 crore, less than the widely reported Rs 5 crore. He further stated that the customs department requested purchase documentation, which were all submitted, and that the department is performing proper duty valuation. The claims against Pandya are also "totally unfounded," according to the statement.

This isn't the first time the Pandyas have run into difficulties with the customs agency. Krunal Pandya, his cricketer brother, was held at the Mumbai airport last year for failing to declare four costly watches to customs. Krunal stated he was unaware of the customs declaration procedure and duty.

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