Indian T20 League auctioneer Hugh Edmeandes collapsed in the middle of the second round of mega auction today. He was conducting the auction of Sri Lanka all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga. Hasaranga was included in the player auction list at a base price of 1 crore INR. Hyderabad made the first bid for the all-rounder. However, Punjab jumped into the bidding and both franchises had a tussle among each other.
This meant that the bid reached 4 crores in no time. Punjab made another bid and then Bangalore chipped in. The Sri Lankan played for Bangalore last year in the second leg as a replacement for Australia’s Adam Zampa. At this point, Hyderabad had decided to pull out of the bidding. Punjab and Bangalore started tussling for the 24-year-old.
Mike Hesson, who is the director of cricket in Bangalore, had a chat with his mates when the bid was going at 5.50 crores. After the mutual agreement, they decided to bid once again for the Galle-born player. On the other hand, Punjab fielding coach, Jonty Rhodes, discussed with his mates and bid once again for 6 crores.
Both teams kept on engaging in the bidding war and the bid was in the favour of three-time finalists at 10.75 crores before Edmeades collapsed. Early lunch was taking as the veteran auctioneer was attended by the medical team. However, at the time of writing, a BCCI spokesperson said that Edmeades is stable.