Four past and present Black Caps are amongst the 100 plus cricketers going under the hammer in the Indian Premier League auction tonight.
In-form batsman Jesse Ryder has been swooped upon by the Delhi Daredevils, who paid US$260,000 for his services, while Nathan McCullum was bought by the Hyderabad Sun Risers for US$100,000.
Jacob Oram was picked up by the John Wright-coached Mumbai for US$50,000.
Black Caps Test opener Martin Guptill, who battled for to find his best form on the recent tour of South Africa, went unsold, while Scott Styris also failed to pick up contracts.
Ryder who's opening base price was US$100,000 has already played with the Pune Warriors and the Royal Challengers Bangalore side in previous years of the IPL.
Having stood down from international duties over the past year as he battled to overcome some personal issues, Ryder has been in strong form for Wellington in the domestic competitions.
He recently made the decision to prolong his absence from the New Zealand side, ruling himself out of the Black Caps upcoming home series against England.
Tonight's development further clouds his involvement with the national team, with it uncertain whether Ryder will feature on the Black Caps May tour of England.
Former Black Caps skipper Ross Taylor, his captaincy replacement Brendon McCullum, veteran Daniel Vettori and James Franklin, all have existing IPL contracts.
Victorian allrounder Glenn Maxwell had a million reasons to
celebrate despite being dismissed for a first-ball duck in
Australia's one-day clash with the West Indies at the WACA
Maxwell was bought for $US1 million at Sunday's Indian Premier League auction, with Ricky Ponting ($400,000) and Phil Hughes ($100,000) also joining him at the Mumbai Indians.
Other Australians to get snapped up included Test skipper Michael Clarke ($400,000 to Pune Warriors), Luke Pomersbach ($300,000 to Kings XI Punjab), James Faulkner ($400,000 to Rajasthan Royals), Moises Henriques ($300,000 to Royal Challengers Bangalore) and Dirk Nannes ($600,000 to Chennai Super Kings).
But it was Maxwell who enjoyed the best pay day of the lot, despite starting with a reserve price of just $200,000.
- With AAP