New Zealand's Jesse Ryder will be paid more than $300,000 for seven weeks of Indian Premier League cricket after the Delhi Daredevils won his services at the player auction in Mumbai.
Big hitter Ryder, who has been unavailable to play for New Zealand for the last 12 months, was picked up for $US260,000 ($NZ308,000), lifting the number of Black Caps in the lucrative championship to six.
Nathan McCullum and Jacob Oram were also picked in the auction on Sunday to join Ryder and three players already contracted, Ross Taylor, Daniel Vettori and Brendon McCullum.
Two other New Zealanders listed in the auction, Martin Guptill and Scott Styris, were not picked by any of the nine franchises.
Ryder tweeted his delight after learning he will be teammates with Taylor in the IPL which runs from April 3 to May 26.
"Thanks for all the messages very happy to be going to @DelhiDaredevils looking forward to it," he said.
Ryder last week confirmed he would continue his international exile, making himself unavailable for the home series against England in February and March.
He has been in dominant domestic form for Wellington but has said he wants to complete a number of personal targets before he returns to the international stage.
The left-hander went into the auction with a base price of $US100,000 but that rose quickly as the Daredevils and Vettori's Royal Challengers Bangalore engaged in a bidding war.
It is Ryder's third IPL contract, having played first for the Royal Challengers and last year for the Pune Warriors.
Black Caps offspinner Nathan McCullum was picked up for his base price of $US100,000 by the Hyderabad Sunrisers, a new franchise in this year's league.
The Mumbai Indians paid $US50,000 for veteran allrounder Oram, who was released in December from his New Zealand Cricket contract to pursue a professional Twenty20 career.
The biggest price paid was $US1 million by the Mumbai Indians for Australian allrounder Glenn Maxwell, who has played only eight one-dayers and nine T20s for his country.
A total of $US11.9 million was spent on 37 players at the auction.