There was a medical emergency during the two-day mega auction of players for the Indian Premier League (IPL) in Bengaluru on Saturday as auctioneer Hugh Edmeades collapsed mid-way.
While the bidding for Sri Lankan all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga was on, Edmeades suddenly collapsed on the stage. These raised concerns among the 10 franchises and the auction had to be stopped due to the unfortunate incident.
"He (Edmeades) has been attended to by a doctor. He is doing fine, his blood pressure dropped suddenly and that was the reason for his sudden collapse. We will know more once he has a thorough check-up," news agency PTI quoted a source from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) as saying.
Official broadcaster Star Sports, in an update, said that Edmeades received medical assistance and he is fine. The auction will resume at 3:30 pm.
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Meanwhile, IPL in an update said that "Edmeades had an unfortunate fall due to Postural Hypotension" and is currently stable. Charu Sharma will conduct the auction proceedings today..
Mr. Hugh Edmeades, the IPL Auctioneer, had an unfortunate fall due to Postural Hypotension during the IPL Auction this afternoon.— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) February 12, 2022
The medical team attended to him immediately after the incident & he is stable. Mr. Charu Sharma will continue with the Auction proceedings today. pic.twitter.com/cQ6JbRjj1P
Auctioneer Richard Madley, who has conducted IPL auctions in the past, in a tweet said, "So relieved to hear that my friend Hugh has recovered quickly..."
So relieved to hear that my friend Hugh has recovered quickly and will continue taking the #IPLMegaAuction2022— Richard Madley (@iplauctioneer) February 12, 2022
The 60-year old Edmeades has conducted over 2,700 auctions across the globe, primarily of cars including an Aston Martin used in a James Bond film.
(With PTI inputs)
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