Hugh Edmeades: This will be third consecutive season when British auctioneer Hugh Edmeades will conduct the IPL auction.
The day when the future of many domestic and international cricketers will be decided is finally upon us as the auction for the 14th season of the Indian Premier League will begin in the next few minutes.
Out of the 292 shortlisted players, 164 are Indian, 125 are overseas and the remaining three players belong to Associate Nations. As many as 113 capped players have registered under five price categories namely INR 2 crore (two Indian and eight overseas), INR 1.5 crore (12 overseas), INR 1 crore (two Indian and nine overseas), INR 75 lakh (15 overseas) and INR 50 lakh (13 Indian and 52 overseas).
Tried and tested names such as Harbhajan Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Glenn Maxwell, Steven Smith, Jason Roy, Sam Billings, Moeen Ali, Liam Plunkett and Shakib Al Hasan have registered themselves under the maximum base price category, i.e., INR 2 crore.
Out of these 292, a maximum of only 61 players can be bought. As far as the overseas slots are concerned, only 22 overseas players can be bought in this auction. Considering that IPL 2021 auction is going to be a mini-auction, these limited numbers are not at all surprising.
Having said that, these limited numbers haven’t decreased the excitement among fans as strange things have happened in mini-IPL auctions in the past.
Who is Hugh Edmeades?
It is worth mentioning that England auctioneer Hugh Edmeades will conduct the auction for the third consecutive season. It was in IPL 2019 auction when Edmeades had replaced the illustrious Richard Madley, who had conducted the IPL auction for more than a decade.
Much like Madley, Edmeades is a prominent name in the world of auctions with a career spanning over 35 years. Edmeades is an independent fine art, classic car and charity auctioneer who has been conducting different types of auctions across the world.
This is auctioneer Hugh Edmeades 3rd #IPLAuction after Jaipur 2019 & Kolkata 2020.
Involved in over 2500 auctions in his 35-yr career.
Has the distinction of selling over 300000 lots in the excess of £2.7 billion.
Helped raise over £97 million for numerous charitable causes.
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) February 18, 2021
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