County ins & outs 2018

Essex celebrate with the County Championship cup
Essex wrapped up the County Championship title, remaining unbeaten in 2017

Here are details of all the county signings and departures from the 2018 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 2017 season are included on the 2017 list. Have we missed anyone? Please let us know.


Overseas player: Duanne Olivier (South Africa, first half of season); Wahab Riaz (Pakistan, for Twenty20, 6 July - 3 August); Lockie Ferguson (New Zealand, from 6 July); Henry Nicholls (New Zealand, for Twenty20, 11-18 August)
Ravi Rampaul (Surrey, KPK)Tom Wood (REL)
Mark Footitt (Nottinghamshire, 28-day loan from 2 May)Greg Cork (REL)
Safyaan Sharif (Scotland, short-term contract for One-Day Cup/Twenty20)Shiv Thakor (REL)
Calum MacLeod (Scotland, for Twenty20)Rob Hemmings (REL)
Anuj Dalexternal-link (Nottinghamshire)Tom Taylor (Leicestershire)
Matt McKiernanexternal-linkTom Milnes (REL)
Dan Wheeldonexternal-link (short-term contract)Ben Cotton (Northamptonshire)
Sean Ervine (Hampshire, loan from 18 August-1 September)Matt Henry (Kent)
Tom Lace (Middlesex, loan from 28 August to end of season)Charlie Macdonell (REL)
Martin Andersson (Middlesex, loan from 3-9 September)Imran Tahir (Durham)
Ben Slater (Nottinghamshire, loan from 22 August, to become permanent at end of season)
Full Derbyshire squad listLatest Derbyshire news

Other news: Ex-Northamptonshire and Glamorgan batsman James Kettleborough signed a summer contract to lead the second XI on and off the field.external-link John Wright returned as T20 coach with former skipper Dominic Cork as T20 bowling coach and Scotland head coach Grant Bradburn providing support for the T20 coaching team. New Zealand all-rounder Mitchell Santner's move was cancelled because of injury. Kim Barnett stepped down from his advisory role on 2 July, to be replaced by former director of cricket David Houghton as head of cricket in October.


Overseas player: Aiden Markram (South Africa, until 14 May); Tom Latham (New Zealand, from 18 May until mid-August); Imran Tahir (South Africa, for Twenty20); Axar Patel (India, from 19 August)
Will Smith (Hampshire)Paul Coughlin (Nottinghamshire)
Nathan Rimmington (UKP)Graham Onions (Lancashire)
Matt Dixon (Essex, one-month loan from 10 May)Keaton Jennings (Lancashire)
Ryan Daviesexternal-link (Somerset)Usman Arshad (Northumberland)
Matt Salisbury (MCC Young Cricketers)Adam Hickey (REL)
Michael Jonesexternal-link (YTH)
Imran Tahir (Derbyshire)
Ben Whitehead (YTH)
Alex Lees (Yorkshire, loan from 13 August to become permanent at end of season)
Full Durham squad listLatest Durham news

Other news: Batsman Jack Burnham was banned for the 2018 season after receiving a one-year ban for recreational drug use. Latham captained in the One-Day Cup and T20 Blast following Jennings' and Coughlin's departures.


Overseas player: Peter Siddle (Australia, 13 April - 7 May and 1 August - 7 September); Neil Wagner (New Zealand, mid-May to end of July); Adam Zampa (Australia, for Twenty20); Murali Vijay (India, from 8 September)
Feroze Khushiexternal-link (YTH)Kishen Velaniexternal-link (REL)
Matt Coles (Kent)Matt Dixon (Durham, one-month loan from 10 May)
Michael Pepperexternal-link (YTH)
Shane Snaterexternal-link
Rishi Patelexternal-link (YTH)
Full Essex squad listLatest Essex news

Other news: Head coach Chris Silverwood left to take over as England bowling coach and was replaced by Anthony McGrath, who was promoted from assistant coach and was assisted by Dimitri Mascarenhas.


Overseas player: Shaun Marsh (Australia, until 8 July); Usman Khawaja (Australia, as cover for Marsh from 9-28 June and then for Twenty20 until 4 August); Joe Burns (Australia, for Twenty20, 20 July-2 August); Stephen Cook (South Africa, from 1 September)
Shaun Marsh (Yorkshire)Jacques Rudolph (RET)
Prem Sisodiyaexternal-link (YTH)Will Bragg (RET)
Aneurin Donald (Hampshire, loan from 20 August, to be made permanent at end of season)
Full Glamorgan squad listLatest Glamorgan news

Other news: Colin Ingram became limited-overs captain, with Michael Hogan continuing to lead in the County Championship.


Overseas player: Dan Worrall (Australia, until 20 May); Michael Klinger (Australia, for Twenty20); Thisara Perera (Sri Lanka, for Twenty20 from 6-8 July) Andrew Tye (Australia, for Twenty20 from 11 July)
Ryan Higgins (Middlesex)Patrick Grieshaberexternal-link (REL)
Jacob Lintottexternal-link (Hampshire)Brandon Gilmourexternal-link (REL)
Ben Charlesworth (YTH)Phil Mustard (REL)
Full Gloucestershire squad listLatest Gloucestershire news

Other news: Chris Dent was appointed to captain the Championship and One-Day Cup sides, replacing Gareth Roderick and Michael Klinger respectively. Spin bowler Jack Taylor was banned from bowling for a year because of an illegal action, while ex-Australia opener Chris Rogers joined the coaching staff for the first two months of the season.


Overseas player: Hashim Amla (South Africa, first two months of season); Dale Steyn (South Africa, 6-28 June & 8 August-11 September); Colin Munro (New Zealand, for Twenty20 until 3 August); Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Afghanistan, for Twenty20 until 15 August)
Chris Sole (YTH)Michael Carberry (Leicestershire)
Sam Northeast (Kent)Will Smith (Durham)
Ollie Rayner (Middlesex, loan from 20-28 June)Jacob Lintottexternal-link (Gloucestershire)
Tom Scriven (YTH)Sean Ervine (Derbyshire, loan from 18 August-1 September, then RET on 1 September)
Aneurin Donald (Glamorgan, loan from 20 August, to be made permanent at end of season)
Oliver Soamesexternal-link (Loughborough MCCU)
Full Hampshire squad listLatest Hampshire news

Other news: James Vince captained the side in all formats.


Overseas player: Matt Henry (New Zealand, first half of season and final five Championship games); Adam Milne (New Zealand, for Twenty20); Marcus Stoinis (Australia, for Twenty20); Carlos Brathwaite (West Indies, for Twenty20, 6-13 July)
Ollie Robinsonexternal-link (YTH)Adam Ballexternal-link (REL)
Heino Kuhn (KPK)Hugh Bernardexternal-link (REL)
Matt Henry (Derbyshire)Charlie Hartleyexternal-link (REL)
Harry Podmore (Middlesex)Matt Coles (Essex)
Sam Northeast (Hampshire)
Adam Rouseexternal-link (Surrey, loan from 16-18 July)
Full Kent squad listLatest Kent news

Other news: Keeper-batsman Sam Billings was appointed as captain after Northeast was replaced before his departure, with Paul Downton becoming director of cricket. Meanwhile, Allan Donald took up his role as assistant coach after finally receiving a work permit.


Overseas player: Joe Mennie (Australia, until end of August); James Faulkner (Australia, for Twenty20); Zahir Khan (Afghanistan, for Twenty20 from 6 August); Keshav Maharaj (South Africa, from 28 August for Championship)
Keaton Jennings (Durham)Kyle Jarvis (REL)
Graham Onions (Durham)Luke Procter (Northamptonshire)
Josh Bohannonexternal-link (YTH)
Liam Hurtexternal-link (YTH)
Mark Watt (Scotland)
Richard Gleeson (Northamptonshire, from 9 Sep)
Full Lancashire squad listLatest Lancashire news

Other news: Liam Livingstone replaced Steven Croft as captain.


Overseas player: Mohammad Abbas (Pakistan, for first Championship game in April then from mid-June); Varun Aaron (India, late April to early June); Mohammad Nabi (Afghanistan, for Twenty20)
Ateeq Javid (Warwickshire)Clint McKay (REL)
Michael Carberry (Hampshire)Will Fazakerley (RET)
Tom Taylor (Derbyshire)
Ben Mikeexternal-link (YTH)
Don Butchartexternal-link (YTH)
James Dickinsonexternal-link (short-term contract for India A match)
Harry Funnellexternal-link (YTH)
David Sayerexternal-link (Cambridgeshire, short-term dual registration contract)
Usman Arshadexternal-link (Northumberland, short-term dual registration contract)
Full Leicestershire squad listLatest Leicestershire news

Other news: Former wicketkeeper Paul Nixon replaced Pierre de Bruyn as head coach. Assistant coach Graeme Welch left to rejoin Warwickshire as bowling coach, so Nixon was assisted by last season's 2nd XI coach John Sadler.external-link Matt Mason from Worcestershire became the new bowling coach with ex-Lancashire skipper Tom Smithexternal-link as 2nd XI coach. Colin Ackermann became Twenty20 captain, replacing Clint McKay, while Paul Horton replaced Michael Carberry as Championship and One-Day Cup captain on 25 May.


Overseas player: Hilton Cartwright (Australia, until end of June); Ashton Agar (Australia, for Twenty20); Dwayne Bravo (West Indies, for first six Twenty20 games)
Ethan Bamberexternal-link (YTH)Ryan Higgins (Gloucestershire)
Harry Podmore (Kent)
Arthur Godsal (REL)
Ollie Rayner (Hampshire, loan from 20-28 June)
Tom Lace (Derbyshire, loan from 28 August to end of season)
Martin Andersson (Derbyshire, loan from 3-9 September)
Full Middlesex squad listLatest Middlesex news

Other news: Middlesex made T20 captain Dawid Malan their new skipper across all three formats, replacing James Franklin, but Steven Finn deputised for him in the One-Day Cup. Head coach Richard Scott left the club on 2 July and will be replaced by Stuart Law from January.


Overseas player: Doug Bracewell (New Zealand, first month of season); Rory Kleinveldt (South Africa, from mid-May until end of August); Seekkuge Prasanna (Sri Lanka, for one Championship match starting 25 June and Twenty20)
Brett Hutton (Nottinghamshire)David Murphyexternal-link (RET)
Luke Procter (Lancashire)Azharullah (REL)
Ricardo Vasconcelos (EUP)Chesney Hughes (REL)
Ben Cotton (Derbyshire)Ben Duckett (Nottinghamshire, loan from 31 August, to become permanent at end of season)
Charlie ThurstonRichard Gleeson (Lancashire, from 9 Sep)
Kyle Coetzerexternal-link (Scotland, short-term contract for Twenty20)
Ben Curran (MCC Young Cricketers)
Full Northamptonshire squad listLatest Northamptonshire news

Other news: Former captain David Sales became full-time batting coach after a part-time spell in the role. Spinner Graeme White retired from first-class cricket on 19 June to concentrate on limited-overs formats.


Overseas player: Dan Christian (Australia, for Twenty20); Ish Sodhi (New Zealand, for Twenty20); Ross Taylor (New Zealand, for first half of season); Kraigg Brathwaite (West Indies, from 15 August)
Paul Coughlin (Durham)Chris Read (RET)
Chris Nash (Sussex)Brett Hutton (Northamptonshire)
Ross Taylor (Sussex)Anuj Dal (Derbyshire)
Will Fraine (ex-Durham MCCU)Cheteshwar Pujara (Yorkshire)
Jack Blatherwickexternal-link (YTH)Mark Footitt (Derbyshire, 28-day loan from 2 May)
Kraigg Brathwaite (Yorkshire)Luke Wood (Worcestershire, month's loan from 3 July)
Ben Slater (Derbyshire, loan from 22 August, to become permanent at end of season)
Ben Duckett (Northamptonshire, loan from 31 August, to become permanent at end of season)
Lyndon Jamesexternal-link (YTH)
Full Notts squad listLatest Notts news

Other news: Steven Mullaney replaced Chris Read as captain of the Championship and one-day sides, while the retired Read returned as a part-time coach. Batsman Alex Hales will only play limited-overs cricket in 2018 and 2019.


Overseas player: Matt Renshaw (Australia, until 23 June); Corey Anderson (New Zealand, for Twenty20); Azhar Ali (Pakistan, from 22 July); Jerome Taylor (West Indies, for Twenty20 from 27 July)
Fin Trenouthexternal-link (YTH)Jim Allenby (REL)
Tom Lammonbyexternal-link (YTH)Ryan Davies (Durham)
Jerome Taylor (Sussex)Michael Leask (REL)
Dean Elgar (Surrey)
Full Somerset squad listLatest Somerset news

Other news: Andy Hurry returned to Somerset at director of cricket following the departure of Matthew Maynard. Jason Kerr stepped up from his position as bowling coach to become head coach. Following Allenby's departure, Tom Abell added the One-Day Cup to his Championship captaincy responsibilities, while Lewis Gregory led the Twenty20 side. Chief executive Lee Cooper stepped down on 14 March and was replaced by Andrew Cornish. Strength and conditioning coach Darren Veness joined Surreyexternal-link and was replaced by Joel Tratt.external-link


Overseas player: Dean Elgar (South Africa, first two months of season and from 29 August); Theunis de Bruyn (South Africa, 20-28 June); Aaron Finch (Australia, primarily for Twenty20 from 12 July); Nic Maddinson (Australia, for Twenty20 from 12 July)
Will Jacksexternal-link (YTH)Kumar Sangakkara (RET)
Gus Atkinsonexternal-link (YTH)Ravi Rampaul (Derbyshire)
Morne Morkel (KPK)
Dean Elgar (Somerset)
Jamie Smithexternal-link (YTH)
Adam Rouseexternal-link (Kent, loan from 16-18 July)
Full Surrey squad listLatest Surrey news

Other news: Rory Burns replaced Gareth Batty as captain in the Championship and One-Day Cup, with Jade Dernbach taking up the role in the T20 Blast. Batty became player-coach on 30 July. Fielding coach Chris Taylor joined as a consultantexternal-link from the ECB, strength and conditioning coach Darren Veness arrived from Somersetexternal-link while ex-player Vikram Solanki replaced Stuart Barnes as assistant head coach. Former seamers Ryan Sidebottom and Alfonso Thomas joined as bowling consultants.


Overseas player: Ishant Sharma (India, 4 April - 4 June); Rashid Khan (Afghanistan, for Twenty20 until 16 August); Tom Bruce (New Zealand, for Twenty20)
noneSteve Magoffin (Worcestershire)
Chris Nash (Nottinghamshire)
Ross Taylor (Nottinghamshire)
Jerome Taylor (Somerset)
Full Sussex squad listLatest Sussex news

Other news: Coach Mark Davis left the club in November 2017 and was replaced by Jason Gillespie. Academy director Carl Hopkinson left to become the ECB's lead fielding coach, and was replaced by ex-England assistant coach Richard Halsall. Meanwhile, Sussex assistant coach Jon Lewis departed to become England Under-19s coach. Ben Brown was named club captain and led in the Championship and One-Day Cup, with Luke Wright as T20 captain.


Overseas player: Jeetan Patel (New Zealand); Colin de Grandhomme (New Zealand, for Twenty20)
Will Rhodes (Yorkshire)William Porterfield (REL)
Daniel Douthwaiteexternal-link (for West Indies A match)Ateeq Javid (Leicestershire)
Mark Adairexternal-link (REL)
Josh Poysden (Yorkshire, loan from 22-25 July & from 16 August for Championship, to become permanent at end of season)
Full Warwickshire squad listLatest Warwickshire news

Other news: Patel was appointed captain for the Championship and One-Day Cup, with Grant Elliott taking on the role for the Bears in the T20 Blast. Bowling coach Alan Richardson left Edgbaston by mutual consent and was replaced by Graeme Welch, who returned to the club from Leicestershire. Head of strength and conditioning Chris Armstrong also departed.


Overseas player: Travis Head (Australia, until 29 May, then from 13-15 July); Callum Ferguson (Australia, for One-Day Cup from 29 May, then first three Twenty 20 games and from 3-17 August); Martin Guptill (New Zealand, for Twenty20, 20 June - 29 July); Wayne Parnell (South Africa, 19 July-15 September, then as a Kolpak signing from 17 September)
Alex Miltonexternal-link (YTH)Jack Shantry (RET on 25 June)
Steve Magoffin (Sussex)Steve Magoffin (RET on 14 September)
Dillon Penningtonexternal-link (YTH)
Josh Dell (YTH)
Jack Haynes (YTH)
Mitchell Spencerexternal-link (for West Indies A match)
Zain Ul-Hassanexternal-link (YTH)
Luke Wood (Nottinghamshire, month's loan from 3 July)
Andy Carter (ex-Northamptonshire, short-term contract)
Wayne Parnell (KPK)
Full Worcestershire squad listLatest Worcestershire news

Other news: Worcestershire appointed Kevin Sharp as their new head coach. The second XI/batting coach replaced director of cricket Steve Rhodes, who left the club following an internal investigation. Alan Richardson came in as bowling coach to replace Australian Matt Mason, who left for Leicestershire, while Alex Gidman returned as 2nd XI coach.


Overseas player: Cheteshwar Pujara (India, April-June); Kane Williamson (New Zealand, 20 July - 1 September); Jeet Raval (New Zealand, for final four Championship games)
Cheteshwar Pujara (Nottinghamshire)Ryan Sidebottom (RET)
Jordan Thompsonexternal-link (YTH)Will Rhodes (Warwickshire)
Josh Poysden (Warwickshire, loan from 22-25 July & from 16 August for Championship, to become permanent at end of season)Eliot Callis (REL)
James Loganexternal-link (YTH)Jonathon Read (REL)
Shaun Marsh (Glamorgan)
Alex Lees (Durham, loan from 13 August to become permanent at end of season)
Kraigg Brathwaite (Nottinghamshire)
Full Yorkshire squad listLatest Yorkshire news

Other news: Steven Patterson replaced Gary Ballance as captain on 16 June.

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