Mark Ramprakash is to return to the club for whom he made his debut as a 17 year-old back in 1987. The batsman, who played 52 Tests for England, will replace Mark Oâ€™Neill as Middlesex's batting coach for the next two seasons.
Gloucestershire have appointed former South Australia skipper Michael Klinger as their captain and overseas player for the 2013 season. Klinger replaces Alex Gidman, who stepped down at the end of 2012 following Gloucestershireâ€™s ninth place finish in Division Two of the LV= County Championship.
Glamorgan have extended the contract of talismanic all-rounder Graham Wagg until the end of the 2015 season. They have also signed Scotland Under-19 all-rounder Ruaidhri Smith on a development contract. The 18 year-old was named Glamorgan's Academy player of the year in 2012.
Simon Jones has agreed an extension to his existing Glamorgan contract and will play six LV= County Championship games for them in 2013. The decision should, at least in part, help Glamorgan make up for the close-season loss of talismanic all-rounder James Harris to Middlesex.
Leicestershire seam bowler Matthew Hoggard has relinquished the club captaincy for the 2013 season, with Ramnaresh Sarwan taking over leadership of the Championship team and Josh Cobb continuing to lead the limited-overs sides. Cobb will also be Sarwan's four-day deputy.
Sussex have signed out of contract former Surrey all-rounder Chris Jordan on a two-year contract. Jordan will join former Surrey captain Rory Hamilton-Brown at Hove next season, with both men looking to fulfil their obvious potential and recover from what were, for different reasons, difficult 2012 seasons.
Warwickshire's senior management team met yesterday to discuss the identity of departing head coach Ashley Giles' successor. Giles was appointed England's limited-overs coach and will take up his role with immediate effect, leaving the county champions with no-one to mastermind their title defence come April 5th.
The ECB have today formally announced the county fixtures for the 2013 season. As expected the season will start and finish around a week later than in 2012 as the Friends Life t20 winners will no longer participate in the end of season Champions League T20.
The opening round of fixtures - excluding the Champion County match in Abu Dhabi which begins on 24th March - are against the MCC universities on 5th April, with the LV= County Championship first round commencing on 10th April.
Hampshire have moved on from their disappointment at failing to re-sign former Australian batsman Simon Katich as their overseas player, and have instead signed his countryman George Bailey for what they hope will be the majority of the 2013 season.
Essex have signed discarded Lancashire fast-bowler Sajid Mahmood on a two-year contract. Mahmood was released by Lancashire at the end of the 2012 season after spending the last couple of months on loan at Somerset.
Australian batsman Simon Katich has rejected the offer of a new contract from Hampshire and will instead rejoin Lancashire for the 2013 season. The 37 year-old, who has also played for Durham, Yorkshire and Derbyshire, last played for Lancashire in 2010.
Alviro Petersen will make Somerset his third county in as many seasons after signing a deal to play for them as their overseas player for the first part of the 2013 season.
Petersen will be available for Somerset until at least the start of the Friends Life t20 tournament, which is likely to be in mid-June.
Northamptonshire have appointed Stephen Peters and Alex Wakely as their captains for the 2013 season.
The duo will replace former South Africa all-rounder Andrew Hall, who was appointed in 2010 but has resigned in order to concentrate on his own game.
Lancashire have made Kabir Ali their first signing of the winter as they look to bolster a bowling attack that has already witnessed the departures of Naqaash Tahir, Gary Keedy, Sajid Mahmood and Ajmal Shahzad.
Rumours were doing the rounds as early as September about Surrey signing South African captain Graeme Smith and the club have now confirmed the left-hander as their new captain for the 2013 season as well as for the following two years.
It will be the 31 year-old's second spell in county cricket, after leading Somerset in 2005, a season in which they lifted the Twenty20 Cup for the first - and to date - only time.