Ashes star Steve Smith heads a star-studded overseas contingent throwing their hats into the ring for the inaugural draft of The Hundred.
England's centrally-contracted Test players will be the first to be allocated when the eight franchises are formally unveiled on Thursday, with the rest of the squads being determined at a live television event on October 20.
And there has been no shortage of interest from around the world. Australia's master batsman Smith will be joined by compatriots David Warner, Aaron Finch and Mitchell Starc, while the top-ranked batsman and bowler in Twenty20 cricket – Babar Azam and Rashid Khan – have also put their names forward.
Although England's red-ball players will have only a limited role in the tournament, several member of the triumphant World Cup squad should play a full part.