The players’ auction for the world’s premier tournament will go ahead as planned Kolkata on Thursday despite the protests over the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). There have been reports of violence in West Bengal but Kolkata has been safe so far. A top Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) official on the condition of anonymity disclosed that IPL auctions are on and the franchises will start reaching the destination on time.
The entire cricketing fraternity is desperately waiting to glue themselves to busy IPL auction which is just hours from going all guns blazing. As many as 332 cricketers including 186 Indian, 143 overseas and 3 players from Associate Nations will go under the hammer with all of the franchises looking to give their respective squads a new appearance in order to strengthen their chances of winning the IPL trophy.
Richard Madley has been a substantial part of IPL auctions since its inception. However, the familiar voice of the Indian Premier League will not be heard this time around when all of the eight franchises meet on December 19 in Kolkata.
It should be noted that Madley was relieved of his duties in the year 2018. Despite him not being a part of the auction, the fans still remember the fabulous voice and the way he gracefully staged the mega auctions for as many as 11 seasons of the Indian Premier League.
Richard Madley reveals the most controversial moment from IPL auction
In an exclusive interview with Timesnownews, Richard Madley was asked about the most controversial and conflicted moments from the Indian Premier League auction. It is cognisance of the fact that there would be a bidding war between or among the teams and Richard Madley recalled the moment which attracted a controversy back then.
However, he settled the matter smoothly. “There were two disputed bids with both involving Royal Challengers Bangalore. One was a bidding dispute with Priety Zinta of Kings XI Punjab. The other one with Kolkata Knight Riders.
“I settled it those the way I thought was correct and proper. It attracted a bit of controversy back then. When everyone is bidding quickly with laughs and cheers – those are the easy bids. But it is during the controversial bids when an auctioneer earns his keep. I would still stand with the way those two bids were handled. It is a lonely place for an auctioneer up there, you don’t have a second or third umpire, I can’t go upstairs!” told Richard Madley.
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