British fast pitcher Mark Wood was bought for £ 734,000 by the new Lucknow Super Giants franchise on the first day of the Indian Premier League auction.
Wood, 32, withdrew from last year’s auction to spend more time with his family.
British hitter Jason Roy was bought by Gujarat Titans, the other new franchise, for £ 196,000, while Jonny Bairstow cost the Punjab Kings £ 660,500.
Indian Ishan Kishan was the most expensive player bought on the first day.
The 23-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman was bought back by the Mumbai Indians for £ 1.5 million, making him the second most expensive Indian player in IPL history, after former handyman Yuvraj Singh.
He is also the fourth most expensive player ever, judging by their price in Indian rupees, after former South African handyman Chris Morris, Yuvraj and fast Australian bowler Pat Cummins.
Durham’s Wood has only played one IPL game before, in 2018 for Chennai Super Kings (CSK), but is expected to be available for most of the 2022 IPL season.
This year’s event kicks off on April 2 and runs through June 3, with Lucknow and the Ahmedabad Titans bringing the number of teams to 10.
Handyman Moeen Ali, who won the 2021 title with CSK, and Rajasthan Royals wicketkeeper Jos Buttler were the only English players retained from their franchises.
English leg spinner Adil Rashid and wicketkeeper Sam Billings went unsold on their first day in Bangalore.
Other British players hoping to do business on the second day of Sunday’s auction include white ball captain Eoin Morgan, Alex Hales, Saqib Mahmood, Dawid Malan, Chris Jordan, Tymal Mills, Craig Overton, James Vince and David Willey.
IPL auctioneer Hugh Edmeades collapsed on the first day due to low blood pressure, but was immediately attended to and the IPL said he is stable.
Broadcaster Charu Sharma, co-host of the BBC World Service’s Stumped podcast, took over from the rest of the proceedings.
CSK bought Indian bowler Deepak Chahar for £ 1.4 million, the second highest commission paid.
Indian hitter Shreyas Iyer was the third most expensive player, going to Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for £ 1.2 million.
Iyer was one of the top 10 players auctioned in the first round, which also included Australia’s T20 World Cup winners David Warner, who went to Delhi Capitals for £ 612,000, and Cummins, who was bought back by KKR for £ 709,500.
The Punjab Kings bought India’s Shikhar Dhawan opener for £ 807,300 and South Africa’s fast bowler Kagiso Rabada for £ 905,200.
Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, for £ 489,300, and New Zealand left arm fast thrower Trent Boult, for £ 782,850, have both joined the Rajasthan Royals.
Ashwin later said he was “looking forward to sharing the locker room” with Buttler in Rajasthan.
Buttler reacted furiously when he was exhausted on the side of the non-striker by Ashwin, then playing for Kings XI Punjab, in the 2019 IPL.
Faf du Plessis’ longstanding partnership with CSK ended after he was picked up by the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for £ 685,000, while fellow South African Quinton de Kock went to Lucknow for £ 660,500.
Indian fast launcher Mohammed Shami was bought by Gujarat Titans for £ 612,000.
Other major overseas purchases included Sri Lankan handyman Wanindu Hasaranga who was bought by RCB for £ 1.1m, New Zealand fast launcher Lockie Ferguson who went to the Gujarat Titans for £ 980,000 and Lucknow who bought the handyman of the West Indies Jason Holder for £ 856,000.
Australian hitter Steve Smith and Bangladeshi handyman Shakib Al Hasan were among the unsold players list.