IPL 2022 Auctioneer Hugh Edmeades has collapsed midway during the bidding process of Wanindu Hasaranga. The management wasted no time in deciding that the auction process needs to be stopped for some time due to a medical emergency. Everyone has hoped that everything is fine with Edmeades.
Accoridng to the latest media reports, Edmeades is fine now and the auction is expected to resume soon. The incident occurred when the franchises were bidding for Sri Lanka allrounder Wanindu Hasaranga as Edmeades suddenly fell down from the stage leaving everyone around him concerned before being attended to by the medical team at the venue in Bengaluru.
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According to several reports, Charu Sharma will be the auctioneer for the rest of Day 1 as Hugh Edmeades is advised to take a rest. Explaining the scenario, one of the veteran journalists, Anmol Karhadkar tweeted, “A franchise representative informs that the auctioneer is fine. Should resume in a while. That’s a relief #IPLAuction #IPLMegaAuction”.
— Amol Karhadkar (@karhacter) February 12, 2022
Ahead of the IPL auction, Hugh Edmeades had acknowledged that during his four-decade career as an auctioneer, he has conducted a lot of two-day auctions, but never one that lasted for 12 hours. He even added that he was not fazed by the idea of being on his feet for 12 hours.
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During a chat with InsideSport, Hugh Edmeades said, “During my 38 years as an auctioneer, I have taken plenty of two-day auctions, but admittedly, none lasting a potential 12+ hours. However, I am not at all fazed by the prospect of being on my feet for up to six hours each day. Mentally and physically, I will be splitting the sessions into “bite-size pieces” and taking the opportunities to regroup during the breaks in the auction.”
Here is the video of the unfortunate accident:
— Syed Basit Shah (@Crickiology__) February 12, 2022
— Hillol J. Deka (@HillolDeka) February 12, 2022
Here is how the fans reacted to the unfortunate incident:
Update from ground zero! Hugh Edmeades the auctioneer is fine but a bit shaken! Was a physical fall no internal issues with him #CricbuzzLive
— Gautam Bhimani (@gbhimani) February 12, 2022
— Orange247news (@NewsOrange247) February 12, 2022
— Somjeet Behera (@FlyingSom) February 12, 2022
Hope he is safe.. pic.twitter.com/eTz9uh4PVV
— Ramesh Bala (@rameshlaus) February 12, 2022
So the IPL auctioneer just fainted at the 2022 auctions. No words.#IPL
— Paul Persic (@Paul_Persic97) February 12, 2022
— Varnasuthan (@varnasuthan1104) February 12, 2022