Hugh Edmeades is all set to return as the auctioneer for the mini-auction on 23rd December to be held in Kochi. In December 2018, Hugh was appointed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) as the auctioneer for the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL), only the second person to have been given the honour and privilege of conducting this prestigious auction.
Edmeades has been conducting the IPL auction since 2019, replacing Richard Madley. During the 2022 mega auction, Hugh collapsed on the first day of the auction due to postural hypertension.
Charu Sharma replaced him while Hugh Edmeades got medical attention. The auction was halted for some time when the incident took place. All the franchises applauded for him when he returned on the second day in the final phase of the auction.
He said that he had doubts about whether the BCCI would reappoint him to conduct the auction. He said he will reach Kochi via Dubai on 21st December.
“I am thrilled to have been asked by the BCCI to conduct the 2023 IPL auction and am excited about visiting Kochi for the first time,” Edmeades told Sportstar.
Hugh Edmeades’ career as an auctioneer
Before becoming an independent auctioneer, he spent 38 years working at the renowned Christie’s as an independent fine art, classic car and charity auctioneer. Hugh Edmeades has sold a wide range of items including Old Master, Impressionist & Contemporary paintings, fine furniture, Chinese ceramics & works of art, and film & sporting memorabilia
The IPL auction in 2018 in Jaipur was a different experience for him in its entirety even though he has conducted auctions in excess of 2500.
After the 2022 IPL mega auction, he said that it was stupid of him to miss his meals which is one of the reasons for his low blood pressure. He is expecting an exciting auction on the 23rd of December in Kochi.