Hugh Edmeades replaces Richard Madley for IPL 2019 auction
Richard Madley (Getty Images)

Richard Madley, the face of IPL auction over the last 12 years, will not be conducting the event his year. The 2019 IPL auction, which is scheduled to be held on December 18 in Bengaluru, will not feature Madley after the auctioneer made the announcement on Twitter. Hugh Edmeades, a charity and classic cars auctioneer with more than thirty years of experience, will be Madley’s replacement.

“Thank you for your kind wishes following the news that I am to be replaced as the #IPL auctioneer. To be clear – this was not my decision. I was not invited to conduct #IPL auction by @BCCI,” Madley tweeted.

Madley had earlier tweeted: “Sorry not to be conducting #IPL2019 auction. It’s been an honour and a privilege to have been part of #IPL from the start. Will miss my many friends and followers in #India and beyond. Thank you for the welcome you have always shown. The Hammerman.”

Madley has been conducting the IPL auction since its very first edition in 2008. Reminiscing about his time, Madley mentioned MS Dhoni’s sale as one of the biggest highlights of his auctioneering career.

Madley is a former junior international hockey player and Surrey league cricketer. Since auctioning runs into his blood, he joined the well regarded auction house of Phillips Son and Neale in New Bond Street in 1978. His job saw him travel the length and breadth of the continent in search of the finest artwork – conducting auctions of Impressionist Art, Old Master drawings, fine jewellery and 18th century furniture. After a 20-year spell at the firm, Madley was invited to join Christie’s as President of Christie’s East, New York. It is here that his association with the world of sports first began.

Madley has conducted auctions of baseball memorabilia, as well as raised several thousand dollars for worthy sporting charities. But it was the chance encounter with cricket auctioning during IPL 2008 that saw his reputation as a sports auctioneer soar high. Never had he sold players, something which he found incredible. And by his own admission, the most enjoyable experience, which he will cherish for his lifetime, came at the very beginning, when Dhoni was picked for a whopping $1.5 million by Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the inaugural auctions in 2008.