Former ECB chairman David Morgan handed his long-awaited report on the "business of domestic cricket" to the ECB at its board meeting at Lord's today. Morgan was tasked with conducting an extensive review of the county game earlier this year and has canvassed for opinions widely over the summer.
Leicestershire have been rocked by the news that newly-signed batsman Martin van Jaarsveld will not be joining them in 2012 following his decision to retire from county cricket.
Van Jaarsveld originally signed a two-year contract with the Foxes back in September and was widely seen as the man who was going to replace the outgoing James Taylor in their middle-order.
Seam bowler Ian Saxelby is one of four Gloucestershire players to agree contract extensions with the county. The others are left-arm quick David Payne, opening batsman Ian Cockbain and seamer Liam Norwell.
News from Warwickshire, Kent, Surrey and more in today's County Cricket Round-Up.
Warwickshire have secured the services of New Zealand off-spinner Jeetan Patel as their overseas player for the duration of the 2012 season subject to visa clearance from the Home Office.
The Nottinghamshire Academy trio of Sam Kelsall, Brett Hutton and Sam Wood have all signed two-year professional contracts with the club.
All three have represented England at Under-19 level over the past couple of years and will be hopeful of securing a berth in this year's Under-19 world cup.
The Surrey duo of Tom Jewell and Tom Lancefield have penned one-year contract extensions that will see them remain at The Oval until the end of the 2012 season. Both men are products of the county's Academy and have come through the Surrey age-group system.