Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Brendon McCullum will team up with allrounder Marcus Stoinis in next year's IPL after the Australian was traded to the Royal Challengers Bangalore franchise.
Stoinis, who is part of Australia's ODI squad that will face South Africa in a three-match Gillette ODI Series starting in Perth on Sunday, was at the centre of the IPL's second ever trade.
The Western Australian was traded by Kings XI Punjab, who received Indian player Mandeep Singh from RCB in return.
Stoinis had played three seasons with Kings XI after he was first bought by them for INR55 lakhs (A$100,000) in 2016.
That price skyrocketed to INR6.2 crore (A$1.2 million) this year when all players returned to the auction following a bidding war with the Bangalore side. Kings XI used their 'right to match' to retain Stoinis, but Bangalore have now secured their man.
Stoinis's new IPL home comes after he signed a long-term deal with the Melbourne Stars in the BBL that will keep him in green until the end of BBL|11 in 2022.
Sandeep was also in the middle of a bidding war between RCB and Kings XI, with the Bangalore side holding onto the player this year for INR1.4 crore (A$270,000).
Trading between IPL franchises is a new concept introduced ahead of the 2019 season. Bangalore were also involved in the league's first trade earlier this month when they shipped South Africa wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock to the Mumbai Indians for cash considerations.
De Kock was bought by RCB for INR2.8 crore (A$535,000) at this year's auction and has been offloaded for that price to Mumbai.
That move freed up an international spot on the RCB roster for Bangalore to secure Stoinis.
In a tough year for Kings XI in which they finished second last, Stoinis scored 99 runs in seven matches, with a top of 29 not out, at a strike rate of 130.26. He also took three wickets at an economy rate of 10.90.
Mandeep, a middle-order batsman, scored 252 runs in 14 matches for a top of 47 not out and strike rate of 135.48, his best season in IPL since 2012. He previously played for Kings XI from 2011 to 2014 before moving to RCB.
The IPL now has two trade windows that run from the end of the season until a month before the next auction, which is expected in mid-December. A second trade window will run after the auction until the start of the next season.