Punjab Kings Auction 2024, Shashank Singh was always a part of their plan and PBKS welcomed the player to their team in a post on X.
In the recent IPL 2024 auction, things got a bit confusing for Punjab Kings co-owners Preity Zinta and Ness Wadia. They seemed puzzled after winning the bid for the young Indian player, Shashank Singh. It looked like the team didn’t plan to pick him, but the deal was done. Auctioneer Mallika Sagar, overseeing the IPL 2024 event, seemed surprised as the PBKS management double-checked the auction list.
Despite the confusion, Punjab Kings decided to stick with the choice and welcomed Shashank Singh to their team in a post on X. However, the next day, Punjab Kings clarified that picking Shashank Singh was always part of their plan.
“Punjab Kings wants to clear the air that Shashank Singh was always on our radar. The mix-up happened because there were two players with the same name on the list. We’re excited to have him with us and look forward to his contributions,” Punjab Kings stated on X on Wednesday.
The mix-up with two players sharing the same name caused some confusion in the IPL list. “I’m happy to confirm that the right Shashank Singh is now with us. He has shown some great performances, and we’re ready to see his talents in action,” said Satish Menon, CEO of Punjab Kings, in another post.
Shashank Singh’s turn came up quickly in the auction, where PBKS and other teams were looking to grab young Indian players in the INR 20 lakh base price category. When Shashank’s name was called, Preity Zinta confidently bid for him after discussing with her team. With no other teams bidding, Shashank became a PBKS player, and the deal was sealed.
As the auctioneer, Mallika, moved on to the next set of players, starting with Tanay Thyagrajan, Punjab Kings realized they made a mistake. Preity, Wadia, and others at the PBKS table looked a bit confused. Mallika asked, “Was there a mistake in the name? Do you want to cancel the bid?” She continued, “We’re talking about Shashank Singh. But the hammer has already fallen. Both Player No. 236 and 237 belong to your team.”
Wadia seemed unhappy with the sale, but Mallika stood firm, saying the decision was final. “I think the decision for 237 (Shashank) is also final,” she declared.