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For the first time in the 16-year history of the Indian Premier League, a female auctioneer handled the gavel during the auction in Dubai on Tuesday. Mallika Sagar, a Mumbai-based art collector and consultant, made history by breaking a trend that until now had seen only men (Welsh’s Richard Madley, Britain’s Hugh Edmeades and Charu Sharma) headline the event.
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Who is Mallika Sagar?
In a ground-breaking move for the IPL, an auctioneer will wield the gavel at the Dubai auction. Mallika Sagar, who previously chaired the Women’s Premier League auction, will replace Hugh Edmeades, sources confirmed to Sportstar.
She is a popular auctioneer, art collector and Indian art consultant in Mumbai. Mallika Sagar was born in 1977 and is currently 46 years old. More details about Mallika Sagar are not known yet.
It is only known that she is a Christian and was married to Vir Advani, vice-chairman and managing director of Blue Star Ltd, but later they both separated. It is also not known whether Mallika has children or not. Mallika Sagar is also not on social media.
The IPL 2024 auction will take place on December 19 in Dubai. After this, Mallika became the first female auctioneer in the Indian Premier League. She was also the auctioneer for the WPL 2024 auction which was held on December 9, 2023.
Mallika Sagar was married to Vir Advani, vice-chairman and managing director of Blue Star Ltd, but they are no longer together due to a divorce. Information about whether Mallika has children is not publicly known.
Education and Career
The BCCI informed Edmeades that his services would not be required for this edition. Mallika, who led the WPL auction consecutively, studied art history at Bryn Mawr College in Philadelphia and began her career at Christie’s in 2001, becoming the auction house’s first Indian female auctioneer.
Having received praise for her WPL auction skills, Mallika’s inclusion marks a significant change from Hugh Edmeades, who served as IPL auctioneer since 2018. The 2024 auction was scheduled to begin at 1 pm IST on December 19 and aired on Star Sports for Viewers and the Jio Cinema app for others.
Beyond the historic inclusion of an auctioneer, this edition of IPL presents another novelty as it is held outside India. An IPL official cited the wedding season and potential hotel availability issues as reasons for choosing Dubai as the venue.
The auction of the 17th edition of the Indian Premier League was scheduled for December 19 at the Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai. A total of 333 players, including 214 Indian players and 119 foreign players, will compete for a maximum of 77 spots.
Mallika Sagar has had a successful 23-year career in art auctions and is an auctioneer at a private auction house based in Mumbai, Al Jazeera reported.
She has been responsible for wielding the gavel in both of the Women’s Premier League (WPL) player auctions.
In 2001, she became the first woman auctioneer of Indian origin at the international art and luxury company Christie’s. Mallika Sagar is also an expert in modern art.
Her introduction to the world of auctions came when she, as a teenager in her hometown of Mumbai, read a book starring an auctioneer. “And, perhaps, a little frivolously, I thought, ‘That’s what I want to be,'” Sagar told Al Jazeera.
She was born into a business family in Mumbai and graduated in art history in the US before returning to the Maximum City again.
Speaking to Al Jazeera, Mallika Sagar said that she credits former IPL auctioneer Hugh Edmeades for introducing her to Indian sports auctions. Edmeades had held IPL auctions from 2019 to 2022 and collapsed midway through the event in Bengaluru.
Mallika Sagar’s estimated net worth is around Rs 1 crore.
How old is Mallika Sagar’s?
Mallika Sagar is 46 years old.
Who will be the auctioneer in IPL 2024?
Mallika Sagar will be the auctioneer for IPL 2024.
What is Mallika Sagar’s net worth in 2023?
Mallika Sagar’s net worth is unknown.
Who is Mallika Sagar’s husband?
Mallika Sagar was married to Vir Advani but both got divorced.
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