IPL auction: Matt Prior and Ravi Bopara unsold

Matt Prior and Ravi Bopara

England pair Matt Prior and Ravi Bopara plus Ireland batsman Kevin O'Brien all failed to attract bids at the auction for this year's Indian Premier League.

It was the second year running that the trio failed to attract interest.

Former Hampshire batsman and rising Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell fetched the highest bid of $1m (£637,000) from Mumbai Indians.

Abhishek Nayar and RP Singh also invited unexpectedly high bids for the sixth edition of the IPL.

Maxwell's price was significantly lower than the top sale achieved last year when India's Ravindra Jadeja was sold to Chennai for $2m (£1.26m).

The Australian, who arrived at Hampshire as a relative unknown last year, celebrated his sale with a golden duck during Australia's one-day match against West Indies. However, he did manage four wickets as Australia defeated West Indies by 54 runs.

The next highest sale was Ajantha Mendis who was sold for $725,000 (£462,000) to Pune Warriors India.

India's all-rounder Nayar joins Pune Warriors for $675,000 (£430,000) while bowler RP Singh was sold to Royal Warriors for $400,000 (£255,000).

Australia captain Michael Clarke and their former skipper Ricky Ponting could secure only their base price of $400,000 (£255,000) each when picked up by Pune Warriors and Mumbai Indians respectively.

South Africa all-rounder Johan Botha, who went to Rajasthan last year for $950,000 (£605,000), was bought by Delhi Daredevils for $450,000 (£287,000).

England all-rounder Bopara played for Kings XI Punjab in the 2009 and 2010 IPL tournaments and has an average of 29.69 from 14 innings, but has not featured for the last two years.