IPL 2019: Governing Council announces the new auctioneer for the event
Richard Madley will not be the part of this year's auction.
Updated - Dec 5, 2018 6:49 pm
Ever since the inception of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2008, the cricketing fraternity and the fans have got used to welcoming Richard Madley, the renowned auctioneer. Over the years, he had managed to get hold of the franchises thinking and had developed a great camaraderie with them. He was also at the helm for the mega-auction earlier this year. But in the upcoming auction, the IPL Governing Council has decided to change the auctioneer.
According to the official IPL website, Hugh Edmeades, an independent fine art, classic car and charity auctioneer will be the new gavel master for the auction which is set to take place in Jaipur on December 18. Hugh possesses a massive experience of 30 years in this field and will be engaging the bidders from eight franchise owners this time around in his unique style. Having said that, Richard Madley will be missed as the fans had got used to him over the last 11 years of the tournament’s history.
Over 1000 players registered for the auction
The auction is once again expected to be a huge event as a total of 1003 players have registered for the event. Though the franchises are now given a deadline of December 10, 5 PM to submit the shortlisted names they would want to go under the hammer. With only 70 slots available to make up the squads, the final number could come drastically down and it will interesting to see who manages to make the cut.
A total of 800 uncapped have registered out of which 746 are Indians and overall 232 overseas players are interested in signing it up for the IPL. Hugh will have his task cut out as he will making his debut in the IPL this year while it is still not clear if he will continue for the next few years.
Will Richard Madley for the next season is still not known and any update on the same when the IPL Governing Council makes an official announcement.