IPL 2022 Auction: Auctioneer Hugh Edmeades returns for final session
- "Slightly disappointed they haven't put a railing here," Edmeades said as he took over the final session of the auction
- Edmeades collapsed while conducting the bidding on Saturday due to postural hypotension
- Charu Sharma was brought in to replace Edmeades
"Slightly disappointed they haven't put a railing here," the 62-year-old quipped as he took over from Charu Sharma, who was brought in as replacement after Edmeades fell unconsious on Saturday.
Edmeades collapsed due to postural hypotension or symptoms of low blood pressure, the IPL said in a statement. "The medical team attended to him immediately after the incident and he is stable," it added.
The incident occurred as teams were placing their bids for Sri Lankan spinner Wanindu Hasaranga, who was eventually picked up by the Royal Challangers Bangalore for Rs 10.75 crore. The auction proceedings were halted and an early lunch break was called.
Broadcaster Charu Sharma was brought in as a replacement for Edmeades following the incident. Sharma revealed he had just 15-20 minutes to get to the auction venue from his hotel after getting a call from IPL chairman Brijesh Patel.
"I don't live too far from the hotel. So Brijesh called me and said, 'just put on some clothes and run'... I was there in just 15-20 minutes. They briefed me for a bit and then we were on," Sharma told Sportstar.
Sharma continued as the auctioneer on the second day of the auction on Sunday.
Earlier today, Edmeades gave an update on his recovery and said he was "absolutely fine".
"I am sorry that I can't be in person with you today. As you can see, I'm absolutely fine but I wasn't going to be able to give 100 per cent performance today, which will be unfair to the BCCI, the IPL, the bidders and most importantly the players. I just want to thank people all around the world who have sent me good wishes," he said in a video uploaded by the BCCI.