IND vs SA: MPCA President accuses IMC officials for demanding free passes for third T20I after they raid the cricket association

India and South Africa are set to face each other in the third and final T20I on Tuesday in Indore.

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India and South Africa will be locking horns in the third T20I at the Holkar Stadium in Indore on Tuesday, October 4. However, hours before the final game there has been an issue as the Indore Municipal Corporation has reportedly raided the MP Cricket Association allegedly pressurizing the organizers for free passes.

As per reports, the IMC officials led by Additional Commissioner Lata Agarwal had raided the MPCA office and demanded municipal taxes. Meanwhile, MPCA has also accused the IMC of making this move since the cricket association clearly refused to issue additional free passes for the officials.

I'm aghast at the timing of the raid: MPCA President

"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 as quoted by India Today.

"The additional commissioner Lata Agarwal kept repeating that the IMC Commissioner had sent her," said Khandekar. There was a demand for additional passes from an IAS officer posted in the municipal corporation which was not entertained, which led to the situation. "How many passes can we keep doling out? This freebie culture has to end," he added.

The team of the municipal corporation officials who has visited the cricket association claimed that they are yet to pay the property tax for the cricket stadium which is estimated at INR 32 lakh. 

Coming back to the contest, India would be up for their final preparations ahead of the T20 World Cup later this month and they would be hoping that their bowling especially in the death overs comes good in this match. 

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