One of the biggest names in world cricket, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, has today been getting to know his new home in Derbyshire ahead of the coming months.
ITV News Central's sport correspondent, Steve Clamp, has the ultimate guide to the Midlands cricket season.
Following last season's relegation, Worcestershire will be looking to their academy to help take them back up.
With a number of players coming in and out, Northamptonshire will be hoping their squad overhaul brings more consistency in performances.
Leicestershire continue to produce a number of talented, young cricketers but their failure to build a winning team makes success unlikely.