Cricket world in shock over 'horrible' moment in IPL auction

Hugh Edmeades, pictured here collapsing during the IPL auction.
Hugh Edmeades collapsed during the IPL auction and had to be replaced. Image: IPL

The IPL auction was rocked by shocking scenes on Saturday when auctioneer Hugh Edmeades collapsed and needed medical attention.

Edmeades was conducting the auction as team officials bid on players in the $100 million cricket frenzy.

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However the auction was brought to a frightening halt when the 62-year-old collapsed and landed face-first.

Terrifying TV footage captured the moment onlookers were left stunned by the confronting scenes, before showing Edmeades lying face-down on the ground.

The TV coverage was momentarily cut as the auction was paused so Edmeades could receive medical attention.

The 62-year-old was reportedly taken to hospital but said he was fine a short time later.

“Update from ground zero! Hugh Edmeades the auctioneer is fine but a bit shaken! Was a physical fall no internal issues with him,” Gautam Bhimani tweeted.

The auction continued with Charu Sharma as the new auctioneer as Edmeades rested up in a nearby hospital.

An IPL statement said the Englishman fell "due to postural hypotension" - or symptoms of low blood pressure.

"The medical team attended to him immediately after the incident and he is stable," the statement added.

Edmeades has run the IPL auction since 2018 and has over 35 years experience as an auctioneer.

Josh Hazlewood gets huge payday at IPL auction

Josh Hazlewood was the big Australian winner on the first day of the auction as he landed a $1.44m deal to join Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore.

The paceman was one of four Australian internationals to earn million-dollar deals on the first day of the auction in Bengalruru, with national team captain Pat Cummins, Mitch Marsh and David Warner also in the seven-figure club.

Marsh and Warner, who previously played together at Sunrisers Hyderabad, will team up at the Ricky Ponting-coached Delhi Capitals, while Cummins has again been snapped up by the Kolkata Knight Riders.

But the big surprise was that Steve Smith went unsold. The former Test skipper joined Matthew Wade and Adam Zampa in failing to attract a single bid at their opening price of $AU372,000.

Josh Hazlewood, pictured here in action for Australia against Sri Lanka in the first T20 at the SCG.
Josh Hazlewood in action for Australia against Sri Lanka in the first T20 at the SCG. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe - CA/Cricket Australia via Getty Images)

However they could still be picked up by one of the 10 teams when the auction resumes on Sunday.

Hazlewood hit the jackpot with his price tag being nearly four times as much as he scooped for Chennai last year, with five teams battling over his signature.

The paceman will join Glenn Maxwell at RCB, who was retained by the franchise last December.

Cummins didn't have to wait long for a hefty payday as the third lot of the event, but his price represented somewhat of a bargain for the Knight Riders, who'd paid around $AU3.1 million for him at the IPL auction in 2020.

Cummins played seven games for KKR in the 2021 IPL, taking nine wickets and scoring 93 runs.

He did not return for the second portion of the season after the Covid-19 postponement.

"We thought he would go higher, so very, very delighted with that," said Venky Mysore, KKR's managing director.

with AAP

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