IPL Auctions will take place at Jaipur on 18 December. Richard Madley is the person who was associated with IPL Auctions since it’s very beginning, from 2008. He was the one at the head of the table, holding the hammer and running through the list of players to be included in the squads for the upcoming edition of Indian Premier League.
Hugh Edmeades, an independent fine art, charity auctioneer is the replacement for Madley. The unreasonable decision to replace Madley was taken by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in association with management firm IMG.
“I’m sad, disappointed and a little bit let down and deflated, it’s not my decision, it’s the decision of the BCCI combined with IMG. It has come as a bit of a shock to me after 11 unbroken years of conducting the auction and always receiving positive comments and feedback from the franchise owners, administrators, BCCI and my many fans. It has come as a bolt out of the blue – to be released, to use an IPL term – without reason or explanation”, quoted Madley who is deflated by BCCI’s step.
He continued, “I have been told that the BCCI wants to ‘change up’ the auction with a new venue, new timings and I assumed then that they were going to bring in a newer, younger auctioneer. Perhaps an Indian auctioneer, which would be perfectly logical. Therefore I was surprised when my replacement is a British auctioneer, older than me, more grey hairs, heavier! He’s a good friend of mine, I’ve known Hugh for many years. But he’s a first class art auctioneer who has no experience of IPL. Therefore, it is illogical to me to replace me with somebody who is almost my mirror image. That, to me, is the one area that hurts.”