The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has circulated the first short-list of players among the eight IPL franchises.
Three players from Associate nations are also included in the list of uncapped players.
England Test captain Root is a new IPL entrant after opting to play for England in their T20 tri-series against Australia and New Zealand. While Gayle wasn't retained by the Royal Challengers Bangalore for this season, Stokes, who played his maiden season of the IPL past year, had been the most expensive acquisition of IPL 2017. Also, from Bangladesh, there are 8 players while 13 and 7 is the number from Afghanistan and Zimbabwe.
Dwayne Bravo, Carlos Brathwaite, Evin Lewis and Jason Holder will add the Caribbean flavor to the league while Lasith Malinga will lead Sri Lanka's entourage that includes Angelo Mathews, the exciting Niroshan Dickwella, and Thisara Perera.
Again hoping to show his full range of strokes in this edition's IPL will be Glenn Maxwell along with Mitchell Johnson, who bowled Mumbai Indians to their third title last season with his final over heroics.
South African players listed for the auction include Hashim Amla, Faf du Plesis, Quinton de Kock, David Miller, Kagiso Rabada and Morne Morkel.
From the Blackcaps, skipper Kane Williamson, Colin Munro and Tom Latham will be the most important players in the auction.