Trent Rockets began the inaugural draft for The Hundred by selecting Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan to set the tone for a star-studded overseas contingent.
Rashid, who enjoys a supreme record in international cricket, is a valuable commodity in franchise-based T20 competitions around the world and is the perfect candidate to make the revolutionary 100-ball format a success.
Rashid's signing was followed by Andre Russell, who went to Southern Brave and will be teamed up with the likes of Tymal Mills and Jofra Archer to form an intimidating pace bowling line-up.
Despite the exalted status of T20 maestros Chris Gayle and Lasith Malinga, the two cricketing powerhouses were not picked by the eight teams.
Kagiso Rabada, Shakib Al Hasan and Dwayne Bravo also missed out on procuring a contract in The Hundred after failing to attract bids for their reserve price.
Australians were in high demand during the draft with Aussie skipper Aaron Finch heading to the Leeds-based Northern Superchargers while Mitchell Starc and Steve Smith were the £125,000 signings for Welsh Fire.
Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa and Daniel Christian also found lucrative deals for themselves in subsequent rounds.
Among the Pakistan picks, Mohammad Amir was the most expensive player going at £100,000 to the Eoin Morgan-led London Spirit with Mark Wood and Kyle Abbott accompanying him as fellow pacers.
Shadab Khan was picked by Southern Brave as their third overseas cricketer after Russell and David Warner whereas Shaheen Afridi will represent Birmingham Phoenix captained by Moeen Ali.
Dane Vilas and Liam Livingstone were the surprise recipients of the maximum £125,000 contracts for Manchester Originals and Birmingham Phoenix respectively.
Besides Rashid, compatriots Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Qais Ahmad and Mohammad Nabi were also sold in the draft indicating the popularity of Afghanistan's spin talent.
The squads for the eight franchises stack up as follows:
Joe Root, Rashid Khan, D'Arcy Short, Lewis Gregory, Alex Hales, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Harry Gurney, Steven Mullaney, Matthew Carter, Luke Wood, Tom Moores, Dawid Malan, Ben Cox, Luke Fletcher, Luke Wright
Jofra Archer, Andre Russell, David Warner, Liam Dawson, James Vince, Shadab Khan, Chris Jordan, Tymal Mills, Ross Whiteley, Delray Rawlins, Ollie Pope, George Garton, Alex Davies, Max Waller, Craig Overton
Ben Stokes, Aaron Finch, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Chris Lynn, Adil Rashid, Adam Lyth, David Willey, Richard Gleeson, Ben Foakes, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, David Wiese, Nathan Rimmington, Brydon Carse, Ed Barnard, John Simpson
Jos Buttler, Imran Tahir, Dane Vilas, Phil Salt, Tom Abell, Matt Parkinson, Saqib Mahmood, Daniel Christian, Wayne Madsen, Wayne Parnell, Mitchell Santner, Joe Clarke, Marchant de Lange, Ed Pollock, Eddie Byrom
Jonny Bairstow, Mitchell Starc, Steve Smith, Colin Ingram, Tom Banton, Ben Duckett, Ravi Rampaul, Simon Harmer, Qais Ahmed, Liam Plunkett, Ryan ten Doeschate, David Payne, Ryan Higgins, Danny Briggs, Leus du Plooy
Rory Burns, Eoin Morgan, Glenn Maxwell, Mohammad Nabi, Mohammad Amir, Roelof van der Merwe, Mark Wood, Joe Denly, Dan Lawrence, Mason Crane, Kyle Abbott, Adam Rossington, Zak Crawley, Jade Dernbach, Luis Reece
Sam Curran, Jason Roy, Sunil Narine, Sam Billings, Sandeep Lamichhane, Rilee Rossouw, Tom Curran, Reece Topley, Hardus Viljoen, Fabian Allen, Alex Blake, Will Jacks, Chris Wood, Nathan Sowter, Laurie Evans
Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali, Liam Livingstone, Kane Williamson, Ravi Bopara, Benny Howell, Tom Helm, Shaheen Afridi, Pat Brown, Adam Hose, Cameron Delport, Henry Brookes, Adam Zampa, Riki Wessels, Chris Cooke