Australian legend Shane Warne, head coach of London Spirit, suggested Gayle and Malinga were not selected in the first edition of The Hundred draft as they had over-priced themselves.
Both Gayle and Malinga had priced themselves in the top bracket of £125,000 and Warne insists they would have been snapped up had their price been even one step lower.
“I think they priced themselves wrong,” Warne said.
“If they’d gone in at £100,000 and not £125,000, I think they’d have been picked up.”
Northern Superchargers counterpart Darren Lehmann added: “It was a tough one, they’ve been superstars for so long but then the next generation is knocking on the door…you’ve only got two picks at £125,000.”
England’s man of the moment, Ben Stokes, who previously edged Test captain Joe Root as the landmark pick of the Headingley side, believes the competition represents a step up for the domestic calendar.
He said: “Oh yes, 100 per cent.
“Every game will be a big game, with so many people watching and playing against the very best in the world.
“It makes you a better cricketer when you’re exposed to better players and I’m really looking forward to playing for the franchise.
“I think we look like the best team on paper as we’ve got all bases covered: power, spin and Ben Foakes as keeper – he’s the best in England.”
Smith, who scored runs relentlessly in the recent Ashes series, appeared via video link from Sydney to voice his approval of an enterprise that has been greeted with mixed opinions at home.
“It’s going to be exciting, the first ever 100-ball comp and I’m looking forward to joining Jonny Bairstow and Mitchell Starc at the tournament.
“It’s a bit different and it’ll be a learning curve for the first few games but it’s exciting.”
A teleconference on Thursday could bring positive news for cricket fans.
The Australian’s peak moment at the helm came last year as he shepherded England to their first ever World Cup crown.
Any return would have to be considered in the future with Yorkshire’s players and staff having taken wage cuts due to the pandemic.
The traditional method of spit-polishing to produce movement through the air has been deemed too great a risk of transmitting coronavirus.
The Lancastrian was fresh off some standout displays in the 2003 World Cup.
Hales lost his place in last year’s World Cup-winning squad after news of a second failed test for recreational drugs.
The Warwickshire all-rounder is one on 18 bowlers to be selected for personalised practice.
The West Indies are due to arrive on these shores first this summer.
Broad took part in an individual training session at Trent Bridge.