County ins & outs 2015 - signings, departures and rumours
All the signings, moves and news from every county in the build-up to and during the 2015 season.
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|
|Also shows, where relevant, players' previous counties|
|KPK: Kolpak contract||REL: Released|
|RET: Retired||YTH: From youth teams|
|EUP: European Union passport||UKP: Recently obtained UK passport|
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: Martin Guptill (New Zealand, for first three Championship matches); Tillakaratne Dilshan (Sri Lanka, June and early August until end of the season), Nathan Rimmington (Australia, for Twenty20); Hashim Amla (South Africa, from 10-29 May); Hamish Rutherford (New Zealand, from mid-June to the end of July)
Outs: Tim Groenewald (Somerset), Mark Turner (REL), Matt Higginbottom (REL), Gareth Cross (REL), Jonathan Marsden (REL), Cheteshwar Pujara (Yorkshire), Wayne White (REL on 5 August, subsequently joined Leicestershire), David Wainwright (REL on 26 August, subsequently signed for Shropshire)
Other news: Wes Durston took over as captain in the One-Day Cup and T20 Blast.
Overseas player: John Hastings (Australia)
Ins: Callum Taylor (YTH), Liam Gough (trial until May, will be registered for first team), Aron Nijjar (trial, June-Sep), Saf Imtiaz (trial, 2015 season), Daniel Lawrence (YTH), Adeel Malik (three-month contract from May), Liam Dawson (Hampshire, loan from 6-18 July); Ravi Patel (Middlesex, loan from 18 July-7 August)
Other news: Coach Paul Grayson left the club by mutual consent on 2 September.
Ins: James Kettleborough (Northants), Craig Meschede (Somerset, season-long loan), Colin Ingram (KPK), Andy Carter (Nottinghamshire, month-long loan from start of season, then loan for Championship cricket only, from 19 June to end of July)
Other news: Rudolph took over as captain in all formats.
Overseas player: Michael Klinger (Australia, from June)
Other news: Former players Richard Dawson and Ian Harvey were named as coach and assistant coach following the departure of director of cricket John Bracewell. Geraint Jones stepped down as four-day captain in early July and was replaced by Ian Cockbain.
Ins: Andre Adams (Nottinghamshire, short-term deal as player-coach), Yasir Arafat (Sussex), Gareth Berg (Middlesex), Fidel Edwards (KPK), Brad Wheal (UKP), Joe Weatherley (YTH), Mason Crane (YTH), Ryan Stevenson (Devon)
Other news: Twenty20 captain James Vince became one-day skipper as well at the start of the season - then took over as interim Championship captain on 18 July after Jimmy Adams stepped down.
Overseas player: None
Ins: Nathan Buck (Leicestershire), Haseeb Hameed (YTH), Matthew Parkinson (YTH), Saqib Mahmood (YTH), George Edwards (Surrey), Alviro Petersen (Somerset, as KPK), Toby Lester (YTH), Phil Mustard (Durham, loan from 11 September until end of season)
Ins: Aadil Ali (YTH), Zak Chappell (YTH), Neil Pinner (YTH), Mark Cosgrove (UKP), Kevin O'Brien (Surrey, for Twenty20 from 15 May-26 June), Andrea Agathangelou (ex-Lancashire), Greg Smith (Nottinghamshire, loan for Championship cricket only, 5-18 July), Michael Burgess (Loughborough MCCU), Liam Hurt (YTH), Wayne White (Derbyshire)
Other news: Former director of cricket Phil Whitticase left the club, while ex-Australia all-rounder Andrew McDonald joined as head coach. Cosgrove was appointed captain, with Ned Eckersley as his deputy.
Overseas player: Adam Voges (Australia, until mid-May); Joe Burns (Australia, early May until mid-July); Kyle Abbott (South Africa, for first half of Twenty20 season); Mitchell McClenaghan (New Zealand, for second half of Twenty20 season); Junaid Khan (Pakistan, from 27 July)
Other news: Voges replaced fellow Australian Chris Rogers as Middlesex's Championship captain, but was then called up to the Australian Test squad. David Houghton joined from Somerset in January to become batting coach, replacing Mark Ramprakash who took up the same role with England.
Other news: Alex Wakely became captain in all formats.
Overseas player: Vernon Philander (South Africa, start of season until early June), Ben Hilfenhaus (Australia, from early June until mid-July), Darren Sammy (West Indies, for Twenty20 from 31 May-12 June); Dan Christian (Australia, 19 June - end of July, then for One-Day Cup semi-final on 7 September), Imran Tahir (South Africa, 30 July until 6 September)
Outs: Phil Jaques (REL), Andre Adams (Hampshire), Sam Kelsall (REL), Ajmal Shahzad (Sussex), Andy Carter (Glamorgan, month-long loan from start of season, then for Championship cricket only from 19 June to end of July), Luke Fletcher (Surrey, loan for three Championship matches from 18 May - 3 June), Greg Smith (Leicestershire, loan for Championship cricket only, 5-18 July)
Other news: Ex-England coach Peter Moores joined Notts on 30 June on a three-month coaching consultant contract.
Overseas player: Abdur Rehman (Pakistan, until 30 July), Sohail Tanvir (Pakistan, for first half of Twenty20 season), Chris Gayle (West Indies, for Twenty20 from 29 May - 12 June, possibly returning if they make the knock-out stages), Luke Ronchi (New Zealand, for Twenty20 from 26 June - 17 July, then for County Championship from 1 September)
Outs: Chris Jones (RET),James Burke (Surrey), Nick Compton (Middlesex), Craig Meschede (Glamorgan, season-long loan), Alviro Petersen (Lancashire, as KPK), Craig Kieswetter (RET on 5 June), George Dockrell (Sussex, month's loan for Championship cricket from 15 June), Alfonso Thomas (Sussex, month's loan for One-Day Cup from 24 July)
Other news: Matthew Maynard replaced Dave Nosworthy as director of cricket, while high performance director Andy Hurry left to take up a role with England, and batting coach David Houghton left to take up the same position at Middlesex. Alfonso Thomas became one-day captain.
Overseas player: Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka); Moises Henriques (Australia, for Twenty20 and as cover for Sangakkara, in June), Wahab Riaz (Pakistan, for two Twenty20 games on 15 & 16 May), Dean Elgar (South Africa, as cover for Sangakkara & Henriques, from 21 June - 1 July)
Other news: Gareth Batty replaced Gary Wilson as captain.
Ins: Tymal Mills (Essex), Ajmal Shahzad (Nottinghamshire), Oliver Robinson (ex-Yorkshire), George Dockrell (Somerset, month's loan for Championship cricket only from 15 June), Tim Linley (Surrey, month's loan from 15 June), Peter Burgoyne (ex-Derbyshire, non-contract), Alfonso Thomas (Somerset, month's loan for One-Day Cup from 24 July)
Other news: All-rounder Luke Wright became Twenty20 captain.
Ins: Andrew Umeed (YTH), Mark Adair (YTH)
Other news: Former wicketkeeper Richard Johnson returned to the club as assistant strength and conditioning coach, with ex-captain Jim Troughton back as fielding coach.
Overseas player: Colin Munro (New Zealand, for Twenty20); Sachithra Senanayake (Sri Lanka, until late May); Saeed Ajmal (Pakistan, from June until 4 September); Shannon Gabriel (West Indies, from 14 September)
Overseas player: Cheteshwar Pujara (India, start of season until mid-May); Aaron Finch (mid-June to mid-July, then from late August); Glenn Maxwell (Australia, for Twenty20, then all formats from July to late August)
Other news: Second team coach Richard Dawson left to become head coach of Gloucestershire. Alex Lees replaced Andrew Gale as limited-overs captain on 5 August.