IPL: On December 23 in Kochi, the mini-auction for the 2023 IPL is scheduled to take place, and Hugh Edmeades is set to serve as the auctioneer once more. Edmeades has hosted the IPL auction since taking over for Richard Madley as host in 2018. He passed out from postural hypotension on the first day of the IPL 2022 mega auction. Which was held in February 2022.

After the terrible occurrence, the auction had to be called off. And the BCCI office-bearers ordered Charu Sharma to replace Edmeades while the medical staff attended to him. When Edmeades returned to oversee the auction’s final phase, members of every franchise and BCCI executives cheered enthusiastically and gave him a standing ovation. But there were questions about whether the Board would choose him once more to run the auction.

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IPL: “I Am Thrilled”, Hugh Edmeades

IPL: Hugh Edmeades Set To Return As Auctioneer For IPL 2023 Mini Auction
IPL: Hugh Edmeades Set To Return As Auctioneer For IPL 2023 Mini Auction

Edmeades, on the other hand, announced on Tuesday that he would oversee the auction for the upcoming season of the lucrative event and will depart for Kochi via Dubai on December 21.

“I am thrilled to have been asked by the BCCI to conduct the 2023 IPL auction and am excited about visiting Kochi for the first time.”

Edmeades told  Sportstar

Edmeades, an independent fine art, classic automobile, and charity auctioneer, worked for the prestigious Christie’s for 38 years before going independent in 2016. Even after managing over 2500 auctions globally. Edmeades encountered something completely different during his maiden stint with Indian cricket in December 2018 when he travelled to Jaipur for the IPL auction. Edmeades claimed he was “stupid” to skip meals after the IPL 2022 big auctions were over in February. Which may have been one of the causes of his low blood pressure.

IPL: IPL’s Mini-Auction

Putting the past behind him, the seasoned auctioneer is looking forward to an “exciting” auction in Kochi. With 10 franchisees putting everything on the line to buy some good deals. After the BCCI set a deadline of November 15 for submitting the list of retained and released players, all 10 teams have done so. The teams are preparing based on the amount of money they will have remaining after the process. Given that they have a good sense of the holes they need to fill.

Although some franchises have requested a change in the mini-auction’s date, likely. The event will still take place on December 23. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has re-engaged Edmeades to manage the upcoming mini-auction despite his health crisis. Another monetary infusion is expected from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

The Indian board has established each team’s basic price at Rs 400 crore. However, it demands a minimum of Rs 1000 Cr per team. That will increase BCCI’s bank account to at least Rs 5000 Cr. Earlier this year, BCCI made Rs 48,390 from selling just the IPL Media Rights.

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