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IPL 2023 Auction blunder: Punjab Kings mistakenly buy wrong player; Auctioneer Mallika Sagar denies the withdrawal request – Magazine Creations

IPL Auction 2023: Confusion is common in IPL auctions, be it reversal of bids, player amounts, or the return of unsold players in the auction pool. In the latest incident, Punjab Kings ended up buying cricketer Shashang Singh in a bid during the Indian Premier League auction held in Dubai on Tuesday. Despite repeated requests, the auctioneer did not allow the team to cancel its bid.

Later, the team explained that it had chosen the right player and there was confusion between two players with the same name. However, videos of the bidding show that the team seemed confused about which player they had bought, PTI reported.

Shashank Singh of Chhattisgarh was bought by the Punjab Kings for $20 lakh. However, Singh’s auction story did not end there.

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Within minutes after completion of the IPL bid for Singh $20 lakh, PBKS co-owner Preity Zinta raised her hand after a discussion with members to boycott IPL auctioneer Mallika Soni. The boycott was made to reverse the auction bid made by Sashank Singh as Punjab Kings had mistakenly bought another player.

The team had already bought Ashutosh Sharma and Vishwanath Pratap Singh at their respective base price which is $20 lakh. When the seller announced Shashank Singh’s name, Preity Zinta raised the paddle to seal the deal. The auctioneer then followed the gavel laying procedure to confirm Sashank Singh’s purchase of Punjab Kings.

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As a next step, the auctioneer moved on to the last player to bid on the uncapped all-rounder, Tanay Thiagarajan. However, the chaos at the PBKS table stopped her. Amid the discussions among all the PBKS team members, Ness Wadia, coach Trevor Bayliss and others seemed confused. Wadia and Zinta raised their hands to interrupt the auctioneer and admit that they did not want the player they had bid for, i.e. Shashank Singh.

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“It was the wrong name? You don’t want the player?” Malika asked. “We are talking about Shashank Singh. But the hammer has fallen. Players No. 236 and 237 have gone to you.”

Wadia then appeared to say that the team had made a wrong bid for Shashank. But the auctioneer kept reminding the team that the hammer had fallen on Shashank and nothing could be done after that. In the end, the team agreed to continue their bid for Shashank.

Now, the team has clarified that Chhattisgarh’s Sashank Singh was indeed in the target list and the confusion was due to the presence of two players with the same name in the list.

“The media reported that Shashank Singh was mistakenly bought by Punjab Kings. Kings would like to clarify that the player has always been on our target list,” PBKS said in its clarification.

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