With the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 auctions fast approaching, noted British auctioneer Richard Madley is once again on his way to India to take centre stage and conduct the auction in Bengaluru this weekend (January 27 and 28). Madley, who has been the man holding the hammer in his hand at every IPL auction so far, revealed that he was now making an entry into umpiring with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
Madley is qualified as an ECB Level One Umpire
Richard Madley said that he has been undertaking umpiring lessons with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) over past few months, and has also qualified as an ECB Level One umpire now. Reflecting on his short umpiring career so far, Madley said that he sees a lot of similarities between standing as an umpire and conducting the IPL auctions.
Richard Madley on Indian Premier League season 11
Famous for his mannerisms and the way in which he conducts an auction, Richard Madley also revealed his admiration for Lalit Modi, who is the IPL’s founding chairman and the brain behind the Indian T20 league. As reported by the Deccan Chronicle, Richard Madley said,
“The most memorable auction would always be the first in 2008. No one had any idea on what was going to happen that day, including franchisees, players, organisers and the auctioneer. What a brilliant concept by Lalit Modi all those years ago! He has left a real legacy.”
Commenting further, Richard Madley stated,
“Just like the last 10 years I’m equally excited by the prospect of conducting the eleventh IPL auctions. In 2008 I had no idea that this would become a permanent fixture on the world cricket calendar. No one foresaw how big this event would become.”
“This year’s auctions will be the biggest yet —with the purse becoming ever higher due to new broadcasting rights. There will be highs and lows — surprises and disappointments — in this auction. This time, the ‘Right to match’ will be an important aspect which will keep me alert throughout.”