County ins & outs 2016 - signings, departures and rumours

Yorkshire with the County Championship Cup
Yorkshire retained the County Championship title in 2015

All the signings, moves and news from every county in the build-up to and during the 2016 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
KPK: Kolpak contractREL: Released
RET: RetiredYTH: From youth teams
EUP: European Union passportUKP: Born overseas, but has UK passport
Also shows, where relevant, players' previous counties

Kolpak contracts are signed by foreign players, using a European Court ruling to avoid counting against the quota of one overseas player per club.

Players who moved counties or retired during the 2015 season are included on the 2015 list. Have we missed anyone? Please let us know.


Overseas player: Hamish Rutherfordexternal-link (New Zealand), James Neesham (New Zealand, primarily for Twenty20)
Neil Broom (UKP)Jonathan Clare (REL)
Tom Milnes (Warwickshire)Mark Footitt (Surrey)
Andy Carter (Nottinghamshire)Adam Wheatcroft (REL)
Rob Hemmingsexternal-link (YTH)Martin Guptill (Lancashire)
Luke Fletcher (Nottinghamshire, loan from 15 April-12 May)Tom Poynton (RET on 18 July)
Charlie Macdonellexternal-link (YTH)Andy Carter (REL on 24 July, later joined Hampshire)
Tom Woodexternal-link (YTH)Tom Knight (REL on 24 July)
Alex Mellorexternal-link (Warwickshire, month's loan from 28 July)Scott Elstone (REL on 24 July)
Callum Parkinson (YTH)
Full Derbyshire squad listLatest Derbyshire news

Other news: Billy Godleman replaced Wayne Madsenexternal-link as County Championship captain, with Wes Durston continuing as limited-overs skipper and Hamish Rutherford as vice-captain. Elite performance director Graeme Welch resigned in June, with elite performance coach John Sadler taking over.


Overseas player: none
Adam Hickey (YTH)Ryan Buckley (REL)
Brydon Carseexternal-link (YTH)Phil Mustard (Gloucestershire, loan from 26 July to end of season)
Josh Coughlin (YTH)Peter Chase (REL)
Gurjit Sandhu (ex-Middlesex, for one match in June)
Full Durham squad listLatest Durham news


Overseas player: Jesse Ryder (New Zealand, until 24 August), Wahab Riaz (Pakistan, for first five Twenty20 games)
Aaron Beard (YTH)Reece Topley (Hampshire)
Matt Quinn (UKP)Monty Panesar (Northamptonshire)
Ashar Zaidi (Sussex)Greg Smith (RET)
Matt Dixon (UKP)Matt Salisbury (REL)
Matthew Crossexternal-link (Scotland)Saf Imtiaz (REL)
Paul Walterexternal-link (Hornchurch)Mark Pettini (Leicestershire)
Will Rhodes (Yorkshire, loan from 12 August for Championship cricket)Shaun Tait (Glamorgan)
Adam Wheater (Hampshire, loan from 30 August until end of season)
Varun Chopra (Warwickshire)
Full Essex squad listLatest Essex news

Other news: Chris Silverwood replaced Paul Grayson as head coach, assisted by ex-Yorkshire all-rounder Anthony McGrath. James Foster lost the captaincy with Ryan ten Doeschate taking over in the Championship and Ravi Bopara leading in limited-overs cricket.


Overseas player: Jacques Rudolph (South Africa), Dale Steyn (South Africa, for Twenty20, for first half of group stage), Shaun Tait (Australia, for Twenty20, for second half of group stage)
Nick Selman (UKP)Ben Wright (RET)
Craig Meschede (Somerset)Dean Cosker (RET on 18 August)
Harry Podmore (Middlesex, loan until 25 May)
Timm van der Gugten (EUP)
Shaun Tait (Essex)
Owen Morganexternal-link (YTH)
Kiran Carlson (YTH)
Cameron Herring (ex-Gloucestershire)
Tom Smith (YTH)
Lukas Careyexternal-link (YTH)
Full Glamorgan squad listLatest Glamorgan news

Other news: Bowling coach Robert Croft replaced Toby Radford as head coach.


Overseas player: Cameron Bancroft (Australia, until late May); Michael Klingerexternal-link (Australia, from late May); Andrew Tye (Australia, for Twenty20)
George Hankinsexternal-link (YTH)Geraint Jones (RET)
Brandon Gilmourexternal-link (YTH)James Fuller (Middlesex)
Chris Liddle (Sussex)Cameron Herring (REL)
Josh Shaw (Yorkshire, loan until 16 June)Robbie Montgomery (REL)
Graeme van Buuren (UKP)Peter Handscombexternal-link (REL)
Phil Mustard (Durham, loan from 26 July to end of season)
James Braceyexternal-link (YTH)
Full Gloucestershire squad listLatest Gloucestershire news

Other news: Gareth Roderick replaced Ian Cockbain as Championship captain, with Klinger retaining the limited-overs role.


Overseas player: Ryan McLaren (South Africa), Shahid Afridi (Pakistan, for limited-overs cricket until 29 July); Darren Sammy (West Indies, for Twenty20 from 2-25 June)
Reece Topley (Essex)Basil Akram (REL)
Craig Young (Ireland, loan from April-May)Tom Barber (REL)
Tino Best (KPK)Joe Gatting (REL)
Gareth Andrew (Worcestershire)Danny Briggs (Sussex)
Jake Goodwinexternal-link (YTH)Sean Terry (REL, later joined Northamptonshire)
Gavin Griffithsexternal-link (Lancashire, loan from 13 July until mid-August)Owais Shah (REL)
Andy Carter (ex-Derbyshire)Jackson Bird (Nottinghamshire)
David Wainwright (Shropshire, for one match in August)Yasir Arafat (Somerset, season's loan, as UKP)
Adam Wheater (Essex, loan from 30 August until end of season)
Full Hampshire squad listLatest Hampshire news

Trialist Hamza Ali, who had made one first-class appearance for Hampshire, died in June.

Other news: Jimmy Adams stepped down as club captain, with James Vince taking over. Sean Ervine led the limited-overs side while Vince was on England duty, with Will Smith deputising in the County Championship.


Overseas player: Kagiso Rabada (South Africa, 30 June-24 July); Tom Latham (New Zealand, until mid-July); Hardus Viljoen (South Africa, for final four Championship games)
Zak Crawleyexternal-link (YTH)Ryan Davies (Somerset)
Adam Rouse (left Gloucestershire in 2014)Ben Harmison (REL)
Callum Jacksonexternal-link (released by Sussex in pre-season)Rob Key (RET on 18 April)
Will Gidman (Nottinghamshire, month's loan from 23 July)
Full Kent squad listLatest Kent news

Other news: Sam Northeast was appointed captain for 2016, having led the side for much of 2015.


Overseas player: Neil Wagner (New Zealand, until mid-July), Martin Guptill (New Zealand, for Twenty20, 27 May until late June)
Danny Lambexternal-link (YTH)Paul Horton (Leicestershire)
Tom Moores (Nottinghamshire, loan from 21 June)Ashwell Prince (RET)
Rob Jones (YTH)Gavin Griffithsexternal-link (Hampshire, loan from 13 July until mid-August)
Full Lancashire squad listLatest Lancashire news

Other news: Steven Croft replaced Tom Smith as captain.


Overseas player: Clint McKay (Australia), Umar Akmal (Pakistan, for Twenty20), Farhaan Behardien (South Africa, for Twenty20 in July)
Neil Dexter (Middlesex)Alex Wyatt (Shropshire)
Paul Horton (Lancashire)Neil Pinner (REL)
Kevin O'Brien (Ireland, for limited-overs)Dan Redfern (Shropshire)
Mark Pettini (Essex)Andrea Agathangelou (REL)
Cameron Delport (UKP)Liam Hurt (REL)
Richard Jones (Warwickshire, loan from 24 June until end of season)Wayne White (REL on 8 July)
Dieter Klein (EUP)Niall O'Brien (REL on 19 August)
Will Fazakerley (YTH)
Harry Dearden (ex-Lancashire)
Full Leicestershire squad listLatest Leicestershire news

Other news: The county "restructured" their coaching staffexternal-link over the 2015-16 winter, with senior coaches Lloyd Tennant and Ben Smith leaving, while Keith Piper (elite development coach) and Pierre de Bruyn (Second XI & assistant skills coach) joined elite performance director Andrew McDonald's staff. Charlie Shreck became bowling development coach but remains a player. Nic Pothas joined as academy director but left the club in July to become Sri Lanka's fielding coach, while Carl Crowe arrived in the same month to help coach the Second XI until the end of the season. Pettini took over the limited-overs captaincy from Mark Cosgrove, who continues to lead in the County Championship.


Overseas player: Brendon McCullum (New Zealand, for limited-overs cricket between end of the IPL and 25 June), Mitchell McClenaghan (New Zealand, after IPL finishes until 23 June), Adam Voges (Australia, until early June), George Bailey (Australia, late June until mid-August)
James Fuller (Gloucestershire)Neil Dexter (Leicestershire)
Martin Anderssonexternal-link (YTH)Gurjit Sandhu (REL)
Harry Podmore (Glamorgan, loan until 25 May)
Andrew Balbirnieexternal-link (REL on 1 June)
Full Middlesex squad listLatest Middlesex news

Other news: Voges captained Middlesex in the County Championship, while Dawid Malan and James Franklin led the side in the T20 Blast and One-Day Cup respectively. They replaced Eoin Morgan, who led the club in limited-overs cricket in 2015.


Overseas player: Rory Kleinveldt (South Africa), Seekkuge Prasanna (Sri Lanka, primarily for Twenty20)
Monty Panesar (Essex)David Willey (Yorkshire)
Jake Libby (Nottinghamshire, month's loan from 8 April)Kyle Coetzer (REL)
Sean Terryexternal-link (ex-Hampshire, non-contract)Maurice Chambers (REL)
Laurie Evans (Warwickshire, month's loan from 2 August for Championship cricket)
Full Northamptonshire squad listLatest Northamptonshire news

Other news: The county reverted to their traditional name Northamptonshire and were given a loan of up to £250,000 by the local council.


Overseas player: Dan Christian (Australia, primarily for limited-overs cricket), Jackson Bird (Australia, for Championship cricket until 6 July); Andre Russell (West Indies, for Twenty20, 10-24 June plus Finals Day), Imran Tahir (South Africa, from July)
Jackson Bird (Hampshire)Andy Carter (Derbyshire)
Anuj Dal (YTH)Gary Keedy (RET)
Paul Franks (RET)
Jake Libby (Northamptonshire, month's loan from 8 April)
James Taylor (RET on 12 April)
Luke Fletcher (Derbyshire, loan from 15 April-12 May)
Tom Moores (Lancashire, loan from 21 June)
Will Gidman (Kent, month's loan from 23 July)
Full Notts squad listLatest Notts news

Other news: Championship captain Chris Read led in the One-Day Cup, with Dan Christian skippering the T20 side. Last season's limited-overs captain James Taylor retired because of a heart problem.


Overseas player: Chris Rogers (Australia), Chris Gayle (West Indies, for Twenty20 from 1-19 June), Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka, primarily for Twenty20)
Roelof van der Merwe (EUP)Alfonso Thomas (REL)
Ryan Davies (Kent)Adam Dibble (REL)
Michael Leask (Scotland)George Dockrell (REL)
Yasir Arafat (Hampshire, season's loan, as UKP)James Regan (REL)
Dominic Bessexternal-link (YTH)Michael Bates (REL)
Paul van Meekerenexternal-link (EUP)Tom Cooper (REL)
Ben Greenexternal-link (YTH)Sam Wyatt-Haines (REL)
Craig Meschede (Glamorgan)
Luke Ronchi (Warwickshire)
Full Somerset squad listLatest Somerset news

Other news: Marcus Trescothick stepped down as captain. Rogers led the side in the County Championship, with Jim Allenby as limited-overs skipper.


Overseas player: Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka), Dwayne Bravo (West Indies, for Twenty20 until July), Aaron Finch (Australia, for July while Sangakkara is at the Caribbean Premier League), Chris Morris (South Africa, for Twenty20 from July)
Mark Footitt (Derbyshire)Vikram Solanki (RET)
Conor McKerr (UKP)Tim Linley (RET)
Mathew Pillans (UKP)Kevin Pietersenexternal-link (will "not be playing county cricket" in 2016)
Ravi Rampaulexternal-link (KPK)David Balcombe (RET)
Amar Virdiexternal-link (YTH)
Ollie Popeexternal-link (YTH)
Full Surrey squad listLatest Surrey news

Other news: Head coach Graham Ford left to take charge of Sri Lanka and was replaced by Australia batting coach Michael di Venuto. Azhar Mahmood took up a player-coach role for Twenty20 cricket.


Overseas player: Ross Taylor (New Zealand, until late July), Mustafizur Rahman (Bangladesh, for Twenty20 after IPL finishes), David Wiese (South Africa, for Twenty20 on 1 & 3 June, then from 3 August), Nuwan Kulasekara (Sri Lanka, for Twenty20, 30 June-7 July)
Danny Briggs (Hampshire)Michael Yardy (RET)
George Gartonexternal-link (YTH)Chris Liddle (Gloucestershire)
Phil Saltexternal-link (YTH)Ashar Zaidi (Essex)
Stuart Whittinghamexternal-link (YTH)Steffan Piolet (RET)
Jofra Archerexternal-link (Barbados)Peter Burgoyne (REL, had been non-contract)
Abidine Sakandeexternal-link (YTH)James Anyon (RET)
Tom Hainesexternal-link (YTH)Callum Jacksonexternal-link (REL, has since joined Kent)
Full Sussex squad listLatest Sussex news

Sussex bowler Matthew Hobden was found dead in January.

Other news: Ed Joyce stood down as Championship and one-day captain, with Twenty20 captain Luke Wright taking over in all forms of the game. Coach Mark Robinson was appointed head coach of the England women's team and replaced by Mark Davis. Keith Greenfield is director of cricket, with bowling coach Jon Lewis becoming assistant head coach, Carl Hopkinson as academy director and Murray Goodwin as batting coach. After several years as Sussex's overseas player, Steve Magoffin was able to feature as a local player from 2016 after gaining UK citizenship.


Overseas player: Jeetan Patel (New Zealand), Luke Ronchi (New Zealand, for Twenty20, until 1 July), Matthew Wade (Australia, for Twenty20 from 8 July)
Alex Mellor (Staffordshire)Tom Milnes (Derbyshire)
Ed Pollock (YTH, ex-Worcestershire)Tom Lewis (REL)
Sunny Singh (YTH)Pete McKay (REL)
Liam Banks (YTH)Freddie Coleman (REL on 13 June)
Matt Lamb (YTH)Jonathon Webb (REL on 13 June)
George Panayi (YTH)Richard Jones (Leicestershire, loan from 24 June until end of season)
Alex Mellorexternal-link (Derbyshire, month's loan from 28 July)
Laurie Evans (Northamptonshire, month's loan from 2 August for Championship cricket)
Varun Chopra (Essex)
Full Warwickshire squad listLatest Warwickshire news

Other news: Ian Bell replaced Varun Chopra as captain, while ex-England captain Graham Gooch has taken a batting consultant role.


Overseas player: Matt Henry (New Zealand, until end of June), Kyle Abbott (South Africa, July until mid-August), Mitchell Santner (New Zealand, for Twenty20, until 27 May); Miguel Cummins (West Indies, from 29 August)
Ollie Westburyexternal-link (YTH)Gareth Andrew (Hampshire)
Shaaiq Choudhryexternal-link (REL)
Richard Oliver (Shropshire)
Alex Gidman (RET)
Full Worcestershire squad listLatest Worcestershire news


Overseas player: Kane Williamson (New Zealand, 9 June-18 July); Travis Head (Australia, 18 July-8 August); Jake Lehmann (Australia, from 9 August, for first-class cricket)
David Willey (Northants)Moin Ashraf (REL)
Jared Warner (YTH)Dan Hodgson (REL)
Azeem Rafiq (unattached - released by Yorkshire in 2014)Jonny Tattarsall (REL)
Harry Brookexternal-link (YTH)Richard Pyrah (RET)
Jonathon Readexternal-link (YTH)James Middlebrook (REL)
Josh Shaw (Gloucestershire, loan until 16 June)
Will Rhodes (Essex, loan from 12 August for Championship cricket)
Full Yorkshire squad listLatest Yorkshire news

Other news: Alex Lees became limited-overs captain, with Andrew Gale remaining as Championship skipper.