County ins & outs - signings, departures and rumours

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As the new decade dawns, stay up to date with the latest player signings, moves and speculation from all the counties as we await the 2020 campaign.

Counties can field one overseas player in County Championship and One-Day Cup matches, and two in T20 Blast games.

Guide to abbreviations
Also shows, where relevant, players' previous counties
KPK: Kolpak contractREL: Released
RET: RetiredYTH: From youth teams
EUP: European Union passportUKP: Born overseas, but has UK passport

Kolpak contracts are signed by foreign players, using a European Court ruling to avoid counting against the quota of one overseas player per club. Following the UK's exit from the European Union, Kolpak registrations will be terminated at the end of the 2020 season, but some Kolpak players may remain in county cricket as overseas players.

Players who moved counties or retired during the 2019 season are included on the 2019 list. Have we missed anyone? Please let us know.

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Most recent confirmed moves
21 February - Essex sign Australia all-rounder Moises Henriques as an overseas player for the T20 Blast
21 February - Middlesex sign Australia all-rounder Mitchell Marsh as an overseas player for the T20 Blast
19 February - Gloucestershire sign India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara as an overseas player for the first six matches of the season

DERBYSHIRE

Overseas player 2019: Logan van Beek (New Zealand); Boyd Rankin (Ireland)
Overseas player 2020: Sean Abbott (Australia, for first half of season), Ben McDermott (Australia, limited-overs)
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Michael Cohen (EUP)James Taylor (Surrey)
Nils Priestley (YTH)Alfie Gleadall (REL)
Tom Wood (ex-Derbyshire)Hamidullah Qadri (Kent)
Daryn Smit (RET)
Full Derbyshire squad listLatest Derbyshire news

Other news: Having hung up his boots, Smit has been appointed as Derbyshire's head of talent pathway. Wood, who was released in 2017, has rejoined to play in the One-Day Cup.

DURHAM

Overseas player 2019: Cameron Bancroft (Australia); D'Arcy Short (Australia); Peter Handscomb (Australia); BJ Watling (New Zealand)
Overseas player 2020: Cameron Bancroft (Australia)
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Paul Coughlin (Nottinghamshire)Ryan Pringle (REL)
Farhaan Behardien (KPK)George Harding (REL)
David Bedingham (UKP)D'Arcy Short (Surrey)
Peter Handscomb (Middlesex)
BJ Watling (Lancashire)
Full Durham squad listLatest Durham news

Other news: Stuart Poynter has relinquished his international career with Ireland to remain at Durham as a local player.

ESSEX

Overseas player 2019: Peter Siddle (Australia); Adam Zampa (Australia); Mohammad Amir (Pakistan)
Overseas player 2020: Peter Siddle (Australia), Adam Zampa (Australia, for Twenty20), Moises Henriques (Australia, for Twenty20)
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Josh Rymell (YTH)Ravi Bopara (Sussex)
Matt Coles (REL)
Full Essex squad listLatest Essex news

Other news: Tom Westley has replaced Ryan ten Doeschate as Championship and One-Day Cup captain.

GLAMORGAN

Overseas player 2019: Shaun Marsh (Australia); Marnus Labuschagne (Australia); Fakhar Zaman (Pakistan); Kraigg Brathwaite (West Indies)
Overseas player 2020: Marnus Labuschagne (Australia)
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noneJeremy Lawlor (REL)
Kazi Szymanski (REL)
Full Glamorgan squad listLatest Glamorgan news

Other news: Championship captain Chris Cooke will replace Colin Ingram as T20 captain, with David Lloyd replacing Cooke as One-Day Cup skipper.

GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Overseas player: Dan Worrall (Australia); Michael Klinger (Australia); Chadd Sayers (Australia); Andrew Tye (Australia); Shannon Gabriel (West Indies)
Overseas player 2020: Qais Ahmad (Afghanistan, second half of season); Cheteshwar Pujara (India, until 25 May)
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Josh Shaw (Yorkshire)Will Tavare (RET)
George Scott (Middlesex)Michael Klinger (RET)
Jerome Taylor (Somerset, as KPK)Chris Liddle (RET)
Full Gloucestershire squad listLatest Gloucestershire news

Other news: Klinger's retirement leaves the county needing a new T20 captain.

HAMPSHIRE

Overseas player 2019: Aiden Markram (South Africa); Ajinkya Rahane (India); Chris Morris (South Africa); Tabraiz Shamsi (South Africa)
Overseas player 2020: Nathan Lyon (Australia, Championship only); Shaheen Afridi (Pakistan, for Twenty20)
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Scott Currie (YTH)Gareth Berg (Northamptonshire)
Ajeet Dale (YTH)
Full Hampshire squad listLatest Hampshire news

Other news: Batsman Rilee Rossouw will only play T20 cricket from this season.

KENT

Overseas player 2019: Matt Renshaw (Australia); Adam Milne (New Zealand); Mohammad Nabi (Afghanistan); Wiaan Mulder (South Africa); Faf du Plessis (South Africa)
Overseas player 2020: Mohammad Nabi (Afghanistan, for Twenty20); Matt Henry (New Zealand, until 25 May)
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Jack Leaning (Yorkshire)Mitch Claydon (Sussex)
Hamidullah Qadri (Derbyshire)
Tim Groenewald (Somerset)
Full Kent squad listLatest Kent news

Other news: Assistant coach Allan Donald left at the end of the 2019 season. Former player Simon Cook has become bowling coach, with ex-Sussex captain Michael Yardy reportedly set to take the role of batting coach.

LANCASHIRE

Overseas player 2019: Glenn Maxwell (Australia); Jake Lehmann (Australia); Joe Burns (Australia); James Faulkner (Australia)
Overseas player 2020: BJ Watling (New Zealand, first nine County Championship games); James Faulkner (Australia, for Twenty20)
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Luke Wood (Nottinghamshire)Haseeb Hameed (Nottinghamshire)
Owais Shah (YTH)
Ed Moulton (YTH)
BJ Watling (Durham)
Full Lancashire squad listLatest Lancashire news

Possible signings: Captain Dane Vilas hopes Maxwell will return for another spell as overseas player.

LEICESTERSHIRE

Overseas player 2019: Mohammad Abbas (Pakistan)
Overseas player 2020: TBA
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George Rhodes (Worcestershire)Neil Dexter (REL)
Ateeq Javid (REL)
Aadil Ali (REL)
Mohammad Abbas (Nottinghamshire)
Full Leicestershire squad listLatest Leicestershire news

Other news: Bowling coach Matt Mason left for a role at Western Australia and Perth Scorchers at the end of the 2019 season, while assistant first-team coach John Sadler has left for the same role at Northamptonshire.

MIDDLESEX

Overseas player 2019: Ross Taylor (New Zealand); Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Afghanistan); AB de Villiers (South Africa); Mohammad Hafeez (Pakistan); Miguel Cummins (West Indies)
Overseas player 2020: Peter Handscomb (Australia), Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Afghanistan, for Twenty20), Mitchell Marsh (Australia, for Twenty20)
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Miguel Cummins (KPK)Paul Stirling (Northamptonshire)
Peter Handscomb (Durham)Ollie Rayner (REL)
Luke Hollman (YTH)Tom Barber (Nottinghamshire)
George Scott (Gloucestershire)
Dawid Malan (Yorkshire)
Full Middlesex squad listLatest Middlesex news

Other news: New signing Handscomb will be captain in the Championship and One-Day Cup, with Eoin Morgan taking the T20 role. At the end of the 2019 season, Ireland internationals must either re-register as overseas players or relinquish their international careers to remain in county cricket as local players. While Stirling is leaving, Tim Murtagh has committed to the club, ending his Ireland career.

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

Overseas player 2019: Jason Holder (West Indies); Temba Bavuma (South Africa); Faheem Ashraf (Pakistan); Dwaine Pretorius (South Africa); Doug Bracewell (New Zealand)
Overseas player 2020: Faheem Ashraf (Pakistan, until end of T20 Blast group stages); Kieron Pollard (West Indies, for eight T20 Blast games from 5 June); Paul Stirling (Ireland, for T20 Blast)
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Gareth Berg (Hampshire)none
Jack White (ex-Cheshire)
Brandon Glover (EUP)
Paul Stirling (Middlesex)
Full Northants squad listLatest Northants news

Other news: Assistant first-team coach and bowling lead Phil Rowe has retired. His bowling responsibilities will be taken up by Gloucestershire fast bowler Chris Liddle, who has retired from playing to take up the role, while John Sadler will become assistant first-team coach, leaving the same role at Leicestershire.

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE

Overseas player 2019: James Pattinson (Australia); Dan Christian (Australia); Ravichandran Ashwin (India); Imad Wasim (Pakistan)
Overseas player 2020: Mohammad Abbas (Pakistan, first nine Championship games); Dan Christian (Australia, for Twenty20)
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Sol Budinger (YTH)Luke Wood (Lancashire)
Haseeb Hameed (Lancashire)Nick Kimber (Surrey)
Mohammad Abbas (Leicestershire)Paul Coughlin (Durham)
Peter Trego (Somerset)Jake Libby (Worcestershire)
Tom Barber (Middlesex)Ravichandran Ashwin (Yorkshire)
Full Notts squad listLatest Notts news

Other news: Former ECB lead fast bowling coach Kevin Shine has joined Notts as an assistant coach.

SOMERSET

Overseas player 2019: Azhar Ali (Pakistan); Jerome Taylor (West Indies); Babar Azam (Pakistan); Murali Vijay (India)
Overseas player 2020: Matthew Wade (Australia, until 25 May); Babar Azam (Pakistan, 28 May-3 July); Corey Anderson (New Zealand, for Twenty20)
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Vernon Philander (KPK)Marcus Trescothick (RET)
Peter Trego (Nottinghamshire)
Tim Rouse (REL)
Paul van Meekeren (REL)
Tim Groenewald (Kent)
Jerome Taylor (Gloucestershire, as KPK)
Full Somerset squad listLatest Somerset news

Other news: Trescothick has taken up the role of assistant coach following his retirement from playing.

SURREY

Overseas player 2019: Dean Elgar (South Africa); Aaron Finch (Australia); Imran Tahir (South Africa)
Overseas player 2020: Michael Neser (Australia, for County Championship until early July); Shadab Khan (Pakistan, for Twenty20); D'Arcy Short (Australia, for Twenty20)
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Daniel Moriarty (MCC Young Cricketers)Stuart Meaker (Sussex)
Nico Reifer (YTH)
D'Arcy Short (Durham)
Nick Kimber (Nottinghamshire)
James Taylor (Derbyshire)
Reece Topley (Sussex)
Hashim Amla (KPK)
Full Surrey squad listLatest Surrey news

SUSSEX

Overseas player 2019: Mir Hamza (Pakistan); Rashid Khan (Afghanistan); Alex Carey (Australia); Jason Behrendorff (Australia)
Overseas player 2020: Travis Head (Australia); Rashid Khan (Afghanistan, for Twenty20)
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Mitch Claydon (Kent)Michael Burgess (Warwickshire)
Ravi Bopara (Essex)Abi Sakande (REL)
Stuart Meaker (Surrey)Reece Topley (Surrey)
Full Sussex squad listLatest Sussex news

Other news: James Kirtley has been appointed as full-time pace bowling coach after a spell as a consultant.

WARWICKSHIRE

Overseas player 2019: Jeetan Patel (New Zealand); Ashton Agar (Australia); Chris Green (Australia)
Overseas player 2020: Jeetan Patel (New Zealand); Chris Green (Australia, for Twenty20)
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Michael Burgess (Sussex)Alex Mellor (REL)
George Panayi (REL)
Full Warwickshire squad listLatest Warwickshire news

Other news: Will Rhodes will replace Patel as captain of the Championship and One-Day Cup sides while overseas signing Green will take charge of the T20 Blast team.

WORCESTERSHIRE

Overseas player 2019: Hamish Rutherford (New Zealand); Callum Ferguson (Australia); Martin Guptill (New Zealand)
Overseas player 2020: Hamish Rutherford (New Zealand); Ashton Turner (Australia, for Twenty20)
InOut
Mitchell Stanley (YTH)George Rhodes (Leicestershire)
Jake Libby (Nottinghamshire)
Full Worcestershire squad listLatest Worcestershire news

Other news: Assistant coach Alan Richardson will lead the club in the One-Day Cup while head coach Alex Gidman is with The Hundred side Birmingham Phoenix. He will be assisted by Kadeer Ali, who has rejoined the Worcestershire as Second XI coach, having previously been a player with the club. Meanwhile chief executive Matt Rawnsley has stepped down.

YORKSHIRE

Overseas player 2019: Keshav Maharaj (South Africa); Nicholas Pooran (West Indies); Ajaz Patel (New Zealand)
Overseas player 2020: Keshav Maharaj (South Africa, for first two Championship games); Nicholas Pooran (West Indies, for Twenty20); Ravichandran Ashwin (India, after IPL for minimum of eight Championship games)
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Dawid Malan (Middlesex)Josh Shaw (Gloucestershire)
Ravichandran Ashwin (Nottinghamshire)Jack Leaning (Kent)
Karl Carver (REL)
Bilal Anjam (REL)
Matthew Taylor (REL)
Full Yorkshire squad listLatest Yorkshire news

Possible signings: Before the Malan signing, director of cricket Martyn Moxon said he wanted to bring in "two domestic batsmen", and he is close to signing another overseas player to succeed Maharaj.

Other news: Steven Patterson has stepped down as limited-overs captain and retired from Twenty20 cricket. David Willey will lead the side in the T20 Blast, Patterson will continue to captain the club in the County Championship while a One-Day Cup skipper is yet to be appointed. Adil Rashid has signed a limited-overs contract.

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