The third One Day International (ODI) match between India and New Zealand, scheduled to take place in Indore on October 24, was thrown into doubt following a controversy surrounding the black market sale of tickets. A petition was filed in the High Court regarding the matter, with the petitioner, Rakesh Singh, claiming that it was impossible for all the tickets to be sold within five minutes of going on sale and alleging that they were being sold on the black market.
The Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) presented their stance on the issue, and the High Court ultimately rejected the petition, allowing the match to proceed as planned. The court also imposed a penalty of INR 25,000 on the petitioner, stating that he had filed the case without any valid evidence and had done so solely for personal gain.
Additionally, the MPCA claimed that a team of officials from the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) had raided their office, demanding municipal taxes. The MPCA alleged that the raid was conducted as a result of their refusal to provide additional complimentary passes for officials. The IMC denied these claims.
MPCA President, Abhilash Khandekar, expressed his dismay at the timing of the raid and stated that the reputation of the state and country is at stake during international matches. He also called for an end to the culture of giving away free passes.
“I’m aghast at the timing of the raid. I am told all this was done to get passes for a junior IAS officer posted in the Indore Municipal Corporation. We decided to settle their tax demand ahead of the due date because we did not want anything to come in the way of organizing the match. The reputation of the state and country is at stake whenever there is an international match,” said MPCA President Abhilash Khandekar.
“The additional commissioner Lata Agarwal kept repeating that the IMC Commissioner had sent her,” said Khandekar. “How many passes can we keep doling out? This freebie culture has to end,” added the President.