Hampshire have signed Australia paceman Jackson Bird and Pakistani all-rounder Yasir Arafat for the 2015 season.
Nottinghamshire star James Taylor admits he was relieved to be recalled to the England squad.
Hampshire fast bowler David Balcombe has joined Surrey on a two-year contract.
Australian coach Darren Lehmann has confirmed Mitchell Johnson will play in the series against Pakistan in the UAE.
A review of Friday's action in the LV=County Championship as Lancashire dropped into Division Two.
Duncan Fletcher will continue to lead India through the World Cup with Ravi Shastri retaining his role as team director.
England star Ravi Bopara has signed a new one-year contract at Essex.
Captain Gary Wilson and veteran off-spinner Gareth Batty are among seven players to sign new long-term contracts at Surrey.
John Hastings will return to Durham as their overseas player for the 2015 County Championship campaign.
Former England fast bowler Sajid Mahmood is to leave Essex after failing to get his contract renewed.