“There was some technical problem with the visa Ahmed Rehan for which he was detained at the airport”, Jaydev Shahpresident of the Saurashtra Cricket Associationhe told TOI.
Sources said England pattern ben stokes I stayed with the spinner until the problem was resolved. Initially, the team refused to leave for the hotel from the airport until Rehan got clearance. But they left after the issue was resolved, a senior police officer said. The officer added that the team had arrived at the hotel.
The flight from Abu Dhabi was the first international flight to land at Hirasar airport, about 30 kilometers from Rajkot city, which began operations on September 10 last year.
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“Flight RJD 232 (Rotana Jet Aviation) took off from Al Bateen Executive Airport in Abu Dhabi and landed in Rajkot Airport at 17:21 IST with the England cricket team,” airport authorities said.
A senior airport official said, “We received instructions about landing this flight today and the operator has obtained special permission from the DGCA. Temporary arrangements have been made for customs clearance and immigration at the airport.”
There were 31 passengers and seven crew members on the plane, he added.