IPL 2022 Auction: Auctioneer Hugh Edmeades collapses on stage, broadcasters provide medical update
Auctioneer Hugh Edmeades is doing fine after receiving medical treatment following his collapse during Day 1 of the IPL 2022 mega auction in Bengaluru.
Auctioneer Hugh Edmeades collapsed mid-way through the Indian Premier League (IPL) mega auction, which is currently taking place in Bengaluru. The unfortunate incident brough the event to a temporary halt which will now resume at 3:30 PM. Edmeades collapsed on stage while the bidding was on for Sri Lanka's Wanindu Hasaranga. An early lunch was been taken following the incident.
According to an update from official broadcasters Star Sports, Edmeades is fine after receiving medical treatment. However, he will no longer be conducting the auction, with veteran sports journalist Charu Sharma to take over proceedings.
"Mr. Hugh Edmeades, the IPL Auctioneer, had an unfortunate fall due to Postural Hypotension during the IPL Auction this afternoon. The medical team attended to him immediately after the incident & he is stable. Mr. Charu Sharma will continue with the Auction proceedings today," IPL said in a release on their Twitter handle.
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Edmeades, who was going about his job smoothly keeping everyone entertained with his witty one-liners, was in the middle of conducting Hasaranga's bidding with Royal Challengers Bangalore and Punjab Kings matching each other. Suddenly, with the cameras on the PBKS table, there was a huge thud that sent shockwaves among the on-lookers. The camera panned towards Edmeades for a few seconds, and he was seen laying on the ground. Thankfully, it was nothing serious and he was given medical support immediately. It later emerged that Edmeades' blood pressure had suddenly dropped.
Earlier, the auction began at 12 PM on Saturday with Shikhar Dhawan becoming the first player to be sold (to Punjab Kings for ₹8.25 crore). Among Marquee Players, Shreyas Iyer was the most expensive buy with Kolkata Knight Riders spending ₹12.25 crore for his signature.
A number of high-profile players including 'Mr. IPL' Suresh Raina, Steve Smith, David Miller, and Shakib Al Hasan remained unsold in the first round of bidding. Harshal Patel, who won the Purple Cap in the 2021 edition of the tournament, became the second player to reach double-figures in the auction, fetching ₹10.75 crore as he returned to the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).
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India batter Manish Pandey was picked by Lucknow Super Giants for ₹4.6 crore. Windies left-handed batter Shimron Hetmyer was bought by Rajasthan Royals for ₹8.5 crore, while India's Robin Uthappa returned to the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) for ₹2 crore.
Proteas pacer Kagiso Rabada was acquired by Punjab Kings for ₹9.25 crore while Kiwi pacer Trent Boult was sold to Rajasthan Royals for ₹8 crore. India pacer Mohammed Shami was also picked up by Gujarat Titans for ₹6.25 crore.