The Guerillashire Diaries: our weekly digest of the best county stories

Yorkshire opener Will Fraine

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The emergence of young cricketers such as Will Fraine, Tom Loten and Harry Brook means Yorkshire will be able to cope with the absence of Dawid Malan for the first eight county championship matches while he is away playing for the Punjab Kings in the IPL, according to coach Andrew Gale. Read the full story in the York Press

Pakistan opening bowler Mohammad Abbas has signed a two-month red-ball contract with Hampshire. Abbas has 84 wickets in 23 Test appearances at an average of 22.80, and will share the new ball with Kyle Abbott in a mouthwatering partnership. He had two highly-successful seasons for Leicestershire in 2018 and 2019. Read the full story at the Ageas Bowl

Nottinghamshire players have reacted positively to the decision to appoint Haseeb Hameed as captain of their 50-over team only a year after joining the county from Lancashire, according to head coach Peter Moores. Hameed, who will also take over as vice-captain of the club "has become a popular member of the group very quickly", said Moores. Read the full story at TrentBridge.co.uk

Stonewall, the LGBT rights charity, has praised Somerset wicketkeeper-batsman Steve Davies, who came out as gay ten years ago while with Surrey, for his impact in helping members of the community feel that they have a place in cricket. Read the full story in the Somerset County Gazette

Anthony McGrath, the Essex head coach, has bemoaned the fact that the county season will start without spectators despite the county having "one of the best and most dedicated fanbases in the country". McGrath announced plans for three two-day warm-ups that will be played behind closed doors starting on March 23. Read the full story at EssexCricket.org