Someone makes such a mistake! Perhaps the bigger question now is that, after making such a mistake, someone would say so in public!
Punjab Kings did such a thing today in the IPL auction. Bought a player named Shashank Singh by mistake. But they did not get ‘redemption’ or release from that mistake.
The 32-year-old Shashank from Chhattisgarh previously played for Sunrisers Hyderabad. But after Sunrisers released him, no team bought Shashank from the auction last season as well. This time his base price was 20 lakh rupees.
After his name came up in the auction, Punjab bids. Shashank was sold for 20 lakhs as no other team bid. But then the mess!
Ness Wadia and Preity Zinta, owners of Punjab Kings, realized the mistake only after auctioneer Mallika Sagar read Hamuduri’s house. Told the auctioneer that they bought Shashank as another player. Request that Shashank Singh be auctioned again. But Mallika Sagar said, there is no chance to do anything after Haturi’s house fell. Punjab must take Shashank!
Inevitably, Punjab took Shashank into the team. However, there is a lot of criticism about this. First of all, Punjab buying a player by mistake like this speaks volumes about their lack of planning. Former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson also said the same in his analysis of the IPL auction. Second, there is criticism of Punjab’s response to the misunderstanding.
Many people think that asking Shashank to be auctioned again in front of everyone is showing disrespect to Shashank. Apart from that, when it was announced in front of everyone that they had bought Shashank by mistake, many feared that it might be embarrassing for Shashank to join the Punjab team.
Shashank probably can’t be blamed for having second thoughts about whether he will join Punjab’s practice in March!