The IPL 2024 auction witnessed a surprising turn of events as Punjab Kings‘ co-owners, Preity Zinta and Ness Wadia, found themselves in a perplexing situation after securing uncapped Indian player Shashank Singh. Initially, it seemed like a mistaken purchase, but the franchise later clarified that they had intended to acquire him all along. This revelation came after IPL 2024 auctioneer Mallika Sagar and Punjab Kings’ management appeared surprised during the bidding process.
However, Punjab Kings released a statement on Wednesday, asserting that the acquisition of Shashank Singh had always been part of their plans. The franchise attributed the confusion to two players with identical names being listed, expressing their excitement about having Shashank Singh join their team and contribute to their success.
Satish Menon, CEO of Punjab Kings, emphasized that the mix-up arose due to the similarity in the names of two players on the IPL list. He expressed satisfaction with securing the right Shashank Singh, highlighting the player’s talent and the team’s eagerness to utilize his skills.
Shashank Singh was part of the accelerated phase of the auction, where Punjab Kings and other franchises aimed to secure uncapped Indian players at a base price of INR 20 lakh. Despite the initial confusion, Shashank Singh was quickly snapped up by Punjab Kings, with no other franchise competing for his acquisition.
This clarification from Punjab Kings provides insight into the team’s strategy and decision-making process during the IPL 2024 auction, shedding light on the sequence of events and dispelling any misunderstandings regarding Shashank Singh’s inclusion in the squad.
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