County ins & outs - signings, departures and rumours
Stay up-to-date with the latest player releases, signings and speculation from all the counties.
Counties are allowed to field two overseas players in Twenty20 games, with up to four registered for that competition - although only two can be registered at any one time, and registrations must be for a minimum of 10 days.
Only one overseas player is permitted in the County Championship and One-Day Cup competitions.
Guide to abbreviations
- KPK: Kolpak contract
- REL: released
- RET: retired
- YTH: from youth teams
- EUP: European Union passport
- UKP: Recently-obtained UK passport. Also shows, where relevant, players' previous counties
Kolpak contracts are signed by foreign players, using a loophole in European Union law to avoid counting against the quota of one overseas player per club.
Overseas player: Shivnarine Chanderpaul (West Indies); Marcus North (Australia, for Twenty20 and when Chanderpaul is away)
Ins: Stephen Moore (Lancashire), Scott Elstone (ex-Nottinghamshire, released in 2012), Greg Cork (YTH), Ben Cotton (YTH), Tom Taylor (YTH)
Outs: Alasdair Evans (REL), Dan Redfern (Leicestershire)
Other news: Head coach Karl Krikken and batting coach David Houghton (who has joined Somerset) have left the club. Warwickshire bowling coach Graeme Welch replaces Krikken, taking the title of elite cricket performance director, with John Sadler, Simon Guy, Cookie Patel, Nick Kesingland and Ant Botha all joining the coaching staff, while AJ Harris and Stephen Stubbings will head up the academy.
Overseas player: John Hastings (Australia, after Indian Premier League finishes)
Ins: Stuart Poynter (Ireland, ex-Warwickshire), Graham Clark (MCC Young Cricketers)
Outs: Mitchell Claydon (Kent), Will Smith (Hampshire), Callum Thorp (REL), Steve Harmison (RET), Dale Benkenstein (RET, has joined Hampshire as first-team coach)
Possible signings: Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara is reported to have signed a short-term contract to join Durham before the tour of England, but the county are yet to confirm the move. Scotland batsman Calum MacLeod will have a trial at Durham in April.
Possible departures: Captain Paul Collingwood had strongly hinted that he will retire at the end of his current contract, which expires in September 2014 - but has since indicated that he might play on.
Other news: Jon Lewis has become first-team coach, with director of cricket Geoff Cook taking on a youth remit. Graham Onions has signed a new contract. The club have dropped their "Dynamos" limited-overs nickname. They will be known simply as Durham in 50-over cricket, while they will assume the name of "Durham Jets" in Twenty20 competition.
Overseas player: Jesse Ryder (New Zealand, subject to visa approval)
Ins: Monty Panesar (Sussex)
Outs: Maurice Chambers (Northants)
Possible departures: Owais Shah has retired from first-class cricket and although he is out of contract this winter, Essex hope to re-sign him to play limited-overs cricket.
Other news: Strength and conditioning coach Ian Fisher has joined Yorkshire and assistant coach Matt Walker has rejoined Kent.
Overseas player: Jacques Rudolph (South Africa; subject to clearance from Cricket South Africa)
Outs: Simon Jones (REL)
Other news: Hugh Morris has become chief executive and managing director, with Toby Radford replacing Matthew Mott as head coach, while Matthew Maynard is poised to return as a batting coach. Mark Wallace will captain the Championship and 50-over sides, while Allenby will lead the Twenty20 team.
Overseas player: Michael Klinger (Australia)
Ins: Tom Smith (Middlesex), Will Tavare (YTH)
Outs: Richard Coughtrie (REL), Paul Muchall (REL), Ed Young (REL), Richard Dawson (Yorkshire, as second XI coach)
Other news: Mark Thorburn has been appointed bowling coach and will combine the role with his existing position as high performance analyst.
Overseas player: Kyle Abbott (South Africa); Glenn Maxwell (Australia, for Twenty20)
Ins: Matt Coles (Kent), Will Smith (Durham), Joe Gatting (Sussex), Lewis McManus (YTH), Tom Barber (YTH)
Outs: Dimitri Mascarenhas (RET), David Griffiths (Kent), Hamza Riazuddin (RET), Adam Rouse (REL), Jack Sheppard (REL), Michael Roberts (REL), Jake George (REL)
Possible departures: Kolpak signing Neil McKenzie looks unlikely to return for 2014 because of family commitments.
Other news: The county have dropped their "Royals" limited-overs nickname for 2014 and will just be known as Hampshire. Former Durham batsman Dale Benkenstein has joined as first-team coach.
Overseas player: Doug Bollinger (Australia)
Ins: Mitchell Claydon (Durham), David Griffiths (Hampshire), Charlie Hartley (YTH), Matt Hunn (YTH), Robbie Joseph (ex-Kent & Leicestershire)
Outs: Mike Powell (RET), Matt Coles (Hampshire), Charlie Shreck (Leicestershire), Benedict Kemp (REL)
Other news: James Tredwell has resigned as captain, with Rob Key returning for a second spell as skipper, and Sam Northeast becoming vice-captain. Former batsman Matt Walker has rejoined as assistant coach.
Overseas player: Junaid Khan (Pakistan, for one-day matches)
Ins: Jos Buttler (Somerset), Liam Livingstone (YTH)
Outs: Stephen Moore (Derbyshire), Gareth Cross (REL)
Future departures: Kolpak player Ashwell Prince says he will retire from all cricket at the end of the season.
Overseas player Ramnaresh Sarwan (West Indies)
Ins: Charlie Shreck (Kent), Dan Redfern (Derbyshire)
Outs: Claude Henderson (RET), Matthew Hoggard (RET), Robbie Williams (REL)
Overseas player: Chris Rogers (Australia)
Ins: Harry Podmore (YTH)
Outs: Corey Collymore (REL), Tom Smith (Gloucestershire), Josh Davey (REL), Adam London (REL)
Other news: Eoin Morgan has lost his England central contract but been named as Middlesex's limited-overs captain.
Overseas player: Richard Levi (South Africa, for T20 and eight One-Day Cup games)
Ins: Maurice Chambers (Essex), Graeme White (Nottinghamshire)
Outs: Lee Daggett (RET), Luke Evans (REL), Christian Davis (REL), Sam Sweeney (REL), Con de Lange (REL), Jonathan Batty (REL, had been short-term emergency cover)
Possible signings: The county are still looking for an overseas player after Australia's Jackson Bird and South Africa's Rory Kleinveldt were both ruled out by injury, and have now targeted Pakistan's Sohail Tanvir.
Overseas player: Peter Siddle (Australia; all games except Twenty20)
Ins: Phil Jaques (Yorkshire, UKP), Gary Keedy (Surrey, as player/coach/physio)
Outs: Ben Phillips (REL), Graeme White (Northants), Graeme Swann (RET)
Future departures: 2014 is expected to be veteran paceman Andre Adams's final season with Notts.
Other news: Chris Read has relinquished the limited-overs captaincy to James Taylor (who will be Championship vice-captain). Coach Paul Johnson has left the club, while former seamer Andy Pick has rejoined Notts as bowling coach, and all-rounder Paul Franks has been named second XI captain.
Overseas player: Alviro Petersen (South Africa)
Ins: Johann Myburgh (ex-Durham)
Outs: Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Gemaal Hussain (REL), Yasir Arafat (Sussex)
Other news: In a revamped coaching set-up, ex-Derbyshire coach David Houghton becomes batting coach, 2nd XI coach Jason Kerr becomes bowling coach, and former head coach Andy Hurry becomes director of high performance.
Overseas player: Graeme Smith (South Africa)
Outs: Kevin O'Brien (REL, had been on contract for Twenty20), Jon Lewis (Sussex), Zander de Bruyn (REL), Gary Keedy (Nottinghamshire)
Other news: Graham Ford has become head coach, with Alec Stewart taking on the new title of director of cricket. England discard Kevin Pietersen who will primarily play Twenty20 cricket but may appear in other formats.
Overseas player: Steve Magoffin (Australia); Yasir Arafat (Pakistan, for Twenty20)
Ins: Steffan Piolet (Warwickshire), Jon Lewis (Surrey), Yasir Arafat (Somerset)
Outs: Monty Panesar (Essex), Joe Gatting (Hampshire), Andrew Miller (REL), Amjad Khan (REL)
Other news: Matt Prior, centrally contracted to England, has signed a new contract with the county.
Overseas player: Jeetan Patel (New Zealand); Shoaib Malik (Pakistan, for Twenty20 from 19 June-8 July)
Ins: Richard Jones (Worcestershire), Tom Lewis (YTH), Jon Webb (YTH)
Outs: Darren Maddy (RET), Chris Metters (REL), Tom Allin (REL), Stuart Poynter (Durham), Steffan Piolet (Sussex)
Other news: Bowling coach Graeme Welch has left to become elite cricket performance director at Derbyshire, with Worcestershire bowler Alan Richardson joining as his replacement. The county will be known as "Birmingham Bears" in Twenty20 cricket from 2014.
Overseas player: Saeed Ajmal (Pakistan); Colin Munro (New Zealand, for Twenty20); Mitchell McClenaghan (New Zealand, to cover for Ajmal in July and August)
Ins: Ed Barnard (YTH), Joe Clarke (YTH)
Outs: Richard Jones (Warwickshire), Neil Pinner (REL), Steve Leach (REL), Michael Johnson (REL), Aneesh Kapil (REL), David Lucas (RET), Alan Richardson (RET, has joined Warwickshire as bowling coach)
Other news: Shropshire coach Kevin Sharp has joined as batting coach, while he will also work with the second XI and academy. The county have dropped their "Royals" limited-overs nickname, but will be known as the "Rapids" only in Twenty20 cricket.
Overseas player: Kane Williamson (New Zealand); Aaron Finch (Yorkshire, after Indian Premier League finishes, primarily for Twenty20 - though may play other games if Williamson is unavailable)
Ins: Will Rhodes (YTH), Oliver Robinson (YTH), Jonathan Tattersall (YTH), Ben Coad (YTH)
Outs: Phil Jaques (Nottinghamshire), Joe Sayers (RET), Iain Wardlaw (REL), Gurman Randhawa (Shropshire)
Other news: Joe Root is now centrally contracted by England but he has also extended his Yorkshire contract. Second XI coach Paul Farbrace has left to take charge of Sri Lanka, replaced by ex-spinner Richard Dawson, while former player Ian Fisher has returned to Headingley as strength and conditioning coach, a role he held at Essex.