Middlesex captain Shaun Udal has withdrawn from the forthcoming Indian Premier League auction.
Twenty of England's players registered an interest in the Twenty20 tournament, set to start in April, but with 110 overseas players listed and a maximum 16 places up for grabs, many will miss out.
Leading international players like Australia's Michael Clarke, Brad Haddin, Stuart Clark and Shaun Tait, New Zealand's Jesse Ryder and South Africa's JP Duminy are also in the mix for the February 6 auction.
And as the eight franchises begin to whittle down the list to 30 names, players like Essex wicketkeeper batsman James Foster are preparing for the worst.
"A number of people have contacted me having seen my name on a list of players who are available to be bid for by the IPL franchises," Foster said on his website.
"It would be great to have the opportunity to be involved in such a high-profile event but, realistically, I do not think it likely that I will be involved this year given the number of international and highly-regarded local wicketkeepers who are already signed up by the franchises and the restriction on the number of overseas players allowed."
Essex all-rounder Graham Napier is closing in on a deal to join the Mumbai Indians meanwhile.
Napier, who hit a staggering 152, which included 16 sixes, against Sussex in the Twenty20 Cup last summer, does not need to join the auction because he is an uncapped player.