Afghanistan, too, will see 13 players along with eight from Bangladesh, two from Ireland, seven from Zimbabwe and two from the US. Besides, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ajinkya Rahane, Kuldeep Yadav, and openers Lokesh Rahul and Murali Vijay are likely to be on the franchises' wish list.
The final list that has been sent out to the eight IPL franchises has 281 capped players, 838 uncapped players, which includes a whopping 778 uncapped Indian players. While Gayle wasn't retained by the Royal Challengers Bangalore for this season, Stokes, who played his maiden season of the IPL a year ago, had been the most expensive acquisition of IPL 2017.
The timing of the Big Bash League means that Australian players are especially well positioned to leave an impression ahead of the auction with names like Glenn Maxwell and Shane Watson being considered alongside more left-field selections like D'Arcy Short.
Three players from Associate nations are also included in the list of uncapped players. Afghanistan will have 13 players, Bangladesh eight, Zimbabwe seven, U.S. two and Scotland one.
Hashim Amla, Kagiso Rabada, Faf du Plessis and Morne Morkel are some of the South Africans, who are also part of the list.
Among the 282 overseas players, Australia have the most number of players in the auction with 58 and are closely followed by South Africa with 57.
From the Blackcaps, skipper Kane Williamson, Colin Munro and Tom Latham will be the most important players in the auction. West Indies and Sri Lanka both have 39 players each while New Zealand has 30.
Stokes has been cleared by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to play in the competition where a year ago he earned a record £1.7m at Rising Pune Supergiant.
Afghanistan and Ireland, the two countries that earned Test status past year, have entered 13 and 2 players respectively.