Country: Trinidad, West Indies
Team: Mumbai Indians
Value: Over $750,000
Going into the 2010 auction, Pollard was the most wanted man. The all-rounder is perfect for the super-short version of the game—he bats fast and bowls medium-pace. His 18-ball 54 for Trinidad and Tobago in the Champions League last year sent his stock soaring, enough to become one of the most expensive purchases this season.
Country: New Zealand
Team: Kolkata Knight Riders
Value: Over $750,000
Like his namesake from the world of espionage, Bond is licensed to thrill. A man of action and one of the world’s quickest bowlers, Bond will be part of the Kolkata Knight Riders team. He is back after being exiled briefly following a tryst with the jinxed Indian Cricket League, but Bond, almost 35, has several fitness issues.
Country: Barbados, West Indies
Team: Deccan Chargers
The 21-year-old fast bowler made news when he forced Australian captain Ricky Ponting to hop, take a blow on his elbow and retire hurt, enough to get the attention of the IPL defending champion side. He has played only five T20 matches but was the leading wicket taker in the ODI series at home against Bangladesh last year.
Country: South Africa
Team: Delhi Daredevils
The left-handed all-rounder is an early bloomer and the youngest player to be handed a national contract by Cricket South Africa. He starred in an ODI against Australia in 2009, taking four wickets, and finished with nine wickets in the T20 World Cup that year.
Team: Royal Challengers Bangalore
When he arrived in 2006, Eoin Morgan’s ambitious and clean hitting was an instant reminder of Kevin Pietersen. His two big knocks—the 34-ball 67 in the Champions Trophy in 2009 and an unbeaten 45-ball 85 in a T20 match against South Africa soon after—reinforced that comparison. He will join Pietersen with the Bangalore team this season, the only English import in 2010.
The other new entries this season are: Australia’s Damien Martyn ($100,000) and Adam Voges ($50,000) for Rajasthan Royals; South Africa’s Justin Kemp ($100,000) and Sri Lanka’s Thissara Perera ($50,000) for Chennai Super Kings; Mohammad Kaif ($250,000) and South Africa’s Yusuf Abdulla ($50,000) for Kings XI Punjab.