Essex have completed the signing of England spin bowler Monty Panesar on a two-year deal.
Panesar, who's currently with the England squad in Australia ahead of the upcoming Ashes series, enjoyed a successful loan spell with the county last season.
During that time, the 31-year-old took 14 wickets in six LV= County Championship games.
Speaking to the club's official website, Panesar said that his previous positive experience with Essex had been pivotal in his decision:
"I loved playing for Essex last season. In the short time I was there, I was made to feel very welcome, both in the team and around the Club.
"I will always remember how the supporters and members gave me a heart-warming round of applause when I first came on to bowl for them at Colchester last August. It helped me to feel respected and loved as a cricketer after experiencing a challenging time in my life.
"I am determined to play my part in inspiring the team to be successful in all competitions. I want to help the club build towards the kind of success they enjoyed in its glory days under legendary captains Keith Fletcher and Graham Gooch."
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Essex Eagles have announced the signing of Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir until the end of the current season.
The 31-year-old will appear in the Eagles' remaining LV=County Championship and YB40 fixtures.
Gambhir, who has made over 50 test appearances for his country, replaces New Zealander Hamish Rutherford as the county's overseas player.
Rutherford is due to play for Essex for the final time in Saturday's Friends Life T20 final.
Essex head coach, Paul Grayson, told the club's official website that Gambhir's experience could prove to be invaluable for the closing weeks of the season.
“We are delighted with the signing of Gautam Gambhir who is a player with pedigree, which has been showcased on the biggest stages in cricket.
"He will no doubt bring his experience to the squad during an important stage of the season for us in the LV= County Championship and Yorkshire Bank 40 competition.”
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Essex County Cricket club have announced that new Chief Executive Derek Bowden will start work on April 2nd.
The former Ipswich Town Chief Executive was appointed last month.
Nigel Hilliard, Chairman of Essex Cricket said, “We look forward to working with Derek in what will be a momentous period for the Club with the ground redevelopment imminent.”
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