Sussex have signed former New Zealand and Essex all-rounder Scott Styris as one of their two overseas players for the Friends Life t20. It is understood that he will be available for the Sharks' entire T20 campaign.
Surrey have re-signed Australian fast-bowler Dirk Nannes for their 2012 Friends Life t20 campaign.
The 35 year-old also represented the Lions last season and proved popular with their players, management and supporters.
Gloucestershire have signed former Middlesex top-order batsman Dan Housego on a three-year contract.
The 23-year-old was a member of Gloucestershire's Academy before moving to Lord's, and played for their Second XI against Denmark as long ago as in 2003
Somerset have signed Albie Morkel as their second overseas player for the Friends Life t20. It had been thought that fellow South African Roelof van der Merwe was going to fill the role when he took over as the club's main overseas player at the beginning of June, but that whole deal now appears to have been scuppered by red tape.
The outcome of yesterday's meeting between the ECB, the 18 first-class counties, and the MCC appears to be that a 14-match Championship schedule was accepted in principle providing it is made up of an eight-team first division so as not to compromise the integrity of the eventual winner.
There are two main contenders for this week's Cricket World Player of the Week. Saeed Ajmal and AB de Villiers have each turned in exemplary performances for their teams this week to help Pakistan and South Africa record victories over England and Sri Lanka respectively.
Somerset have signed former West Indies captain Chris Gayle as their overseas player for the Friends Life t20. He will replace Kieron Pollard who is unavailable for county duty due to the West Indies' tour of England. Gayle, however, is involved in a contractual dispute with the WICB which shows no sign of coming to a conclusion.
Four Leicestershire players; batsmen Josh Cobb, Will Jefferson and Greg Smith, along with seam bowler Alex Wyatt; have all signed one-year contract extensions with the county, meaning that they will remain at Grace Road until at least the end of the 2013 season. In addition, former Kent seamer Robbie Joseph, who was released by the club at the end of 2011, has agreed a short-term deal which will see him play in Leicestershire colours until the end of May.
Former Essex bowler Mervyn Westfield has pleaded guilty to charges realating to spot fixing elements of a domestic cricket game in 2009 and will be sentenced next month.
In a short hearing at the Old Bailey, Westfield pleaded guilty to a charge of accepting corrupt payments to bowl badly during a game against Durham on 5th September 2009.
Glamorgan CCC have confirmed that South African batsman Alviro Petersen will not be returning to the club in 2012.
The 31-year-old had been the Dragons' overseas player and club captain in 2011, and it had been thought that he might return under a Kolpak arrangement for 2012 following the signing of Australian Marcus North as their overseas player.
Kent chairman George Kennedy has announced a return to profit for the cash-strapped county. Speaking of the county's improved financial situation, Kennedy said, "We're delighted to announce an operating profit for 2011 of Â£188,000, compared to a loss of Â£595,000 in 2010."
Sussex batsman Joe Gatting has signed a one-year extension to his existing contract at the County Ground, which will see him remain at Hove until at least the end of the 2013 season.
Meanwhile, Surrey CCC have announced the death of their former physio David Montague at the age of 80.
Worcestershire have formally confirmed that Australian batsman Phil Hughes will be joining them as overseas player for the entire 2012 season. The 23 year-old had originally been expected to join the Royals for the start of their Friends Life t20 campaign and continue through to the end of the season, but, since being dropped from the Australian Test side, Hughes made clear his wish to play a full season of county cricket.