IPL auction: Auctioneer Hugh Edmeades collapses during auction
Veteran auctioneer Hugh Edmeades collapsed at the IPL players’ auction here on Saturday and was replaced by sportscaster Charu Sharma for the remainder of the event while receiving medical treatment after a preliminary examination which had found it “stable”.
Sharma was handed over the bidding duties as Edmeades recovered from a slump attributed to low blood pressure.
“IPL Auctioneer Mr Hugh Edmeades suffered an unfortunate fall due to postural hypotension at the IPL auction this afternoon. The medical team attended to him immediately after the incident and is stable,” read a statement from IPL.
“Mr. Charu Sharma will continue the bidding process today,” he added.
Edmeades, 60, collapsing midway through proceedings led to an early lunch amid commotion inside the auction room.
“He was treated by a doctor. He is fine, his blood pressure suddenly dropped and that is the reason for his sudden collapse. We will know more once he has a thorough examination,” a source said. BCCI to PTI.
“It is stable and we will give further updates later,” a BCCI spokesperson later said.
Edmeades, which has conducted more than 2,700 auctions around the world mostly of cars including an Aston Martin used in a James Bond film, had the name of Sri Lankan spinner Wanindu Hasaranga under the hammer when it fell from its auction pedestal.
Sharma was the CEO of the Royal Challengers Bangalore franchise in the first season of IPL.
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