Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal made his return to competitive cricket on Friday and hopes to play in next year's World Cup.
County champions Yorkshire begin their title defence against Worcestershire on the opening day of the 2015 season.
Worcestershire seamer Jack Shantry has signed a two-year contract extension, keeping him at New Road till 2017.
Worcestershire captain Daryl Mitchell has signed a new four-year contract to keep him at New Road until the end of 2018.
England all-rounder Moeen Ali is taking nothing for granted despite a fantastic first season in international cricket.
Hampshire and Worcestershire clinched promotion as Leicestershire propped up the rest again
Hampshire beat Glamorgan by 291 runs to seal promotion and the LV= County Championship Division Two title.
Jeetan Patel has been named county cricket's Most Valuable Player, according to the FTI rankings.
Hampshire moved closer to securing promotion,after dominating the second day of their clash with Glamorgan.
Essex dominated the opening day against Worcestershire as Hampshire hit back after a disastrous start at Sophia Gardens.
Worcestershire secured their fifth promotion in 12 seasons on the back of a stunning all-round display by Jack Shantry.
Alex Gidman will end his long association with Gloucestershire at the end of the season to join Worcestershire.
Surrey kept alive their faint hopes of promotion after earning maximum batting points against leaders Worcestershire.
Leaders Worcestershire endured a testing opening day as they were dismissed for 272 against Surrey at New Road.
PCA chief executive Angus Porter has apologised for attempting to play down the abuse suffered by England's Moeen Ali.
Saeed Ajmal may find it hard to correct his bowling action before the World Cup, says Nick Knight.
Batsman Matt Pardoe and pace bowler Graeme Cessford will leave Worcestershire at the end of the season.
Matt Coles and Sean Ervine each took three cheap wickets as Hampshire crushed Leicestershire by an innings and 34 runs.
Worcestershire have handed spin trio Shaaiq Choudhry, Brett D'Oliveira and Ed Barnard new contracts.
Worcestershire's clash against Derbyshire at Derby is firmly in the balance heading into the final day of play.
Full-on Yorkshire are the pride of the County Championship, says David Lloyd, and deservedly so.