Foreign stars like Dwayne Bravo and Faf du Plessis are also set to be retained while Harbhajan Singh has been released and Shane Watson has retired.
Arguably the greatest limited-overs cricketer of all time, Gayle will take centre stage as the icon player for Team Abu Dhabi.
Recalling that famous send-off dished out by Dwayne Bravo to Kieron Pollard during the MI-CSK IPL 2012 eliminator.
The 37-year-old Dwayne Bravo couldn't bowl the final over against Delhi Capitals in a match in Sharjah on October 17.
Bravo's inability to bowl the final over cost CSK their IPL game on Saturday as Delhi Capitals knocked off the required 17 runs.
Bravo revealed that while he was looking to be defensive in his approach, skipper MS Dhoni had other ideas as he wanted the pacer to go all out.
Against a CSK batting line-up which is short on confidence, Rashid Khan & Co will back themselves to deliver, especially given the large outfield.
With Ambati Rayudu and Dwayne Bravo injured and Du Plessis in tremendous form, Fleming hinted that the former South African skipper might get to open.
Dwayne Bravo has spent considerable time with Dhoni at Chennai Super Kings, one of the most successful IPL franchisees.
The pacer achieved the feat in the ongoing Caribbean Premier League match between Trinbago Knight Riders and St Lucia Zouks.
In the song, the West Indies all-rounder highlighted Dhoni's various achievements in the international cricket.
Bravo said that Dhoni has had a big impact on the careers of many players and he wants to do something for him now that the former Indian captain is reaching the twilight of his playing years.
Bravo was doing an Instagram live chat with former Zimbabwe pacer Pommie Mbangwa and it was then that the all-rounder was asked to talk about his stint with Chennai Super Kings (CSK).
Bravo joined the likes of his former captain Darren Sammy and Chris Gayle in denouncing racism in the wake of African-American George Floyd's killing at the hands of a white police officer in the USA.
Dwayne Bravo was effusive in his praise for skipper Kieron Pollard, who had taken over the reins of limited-over teams last year.