Parry and Tahir get Red Rose nod
Lancashire have included left-arm spinner Stephen Parry and seamer Naqaash Tahir in their squad for the Clydesdale Bank 40 clash with Leicestershire.
Parry is something of a limited-overs specialist, while Tahir has yet to make his debut for the Red Rose.
Key seamer Nathan Buck returns following a back problem for Leicestershire, who will once again be skippered by Ramnaresh Sarwan at Old Trafford.
Defending champions Surrey, who defeated Somerset by 105 runs in the competition’s opening fixture last night, take on Scotland at the Grange and have made one alteration to their party.
Seamer Tim Linley replaces all-rounder Zafar Ansari, who, after taking three wickets with his left-arm spin against Somerset, is unavailable due to his commitments at Cambridge University.
Scotland will hand a debut to new overseas player Jean Symes, but Gordon Goudie and Safyaan Sharif are absent with cracked ribs.
Northamptonshire are expected to hand a debut to spinner Con de Lange when they travel to Group C rivals Warwickshire.
Alex Wakely will open the batting for the Steelbacks alongside Niall O’Brien, with Stephen Peters dropping to five. Veteran Sri Lankan seamer Chaminda Vaas returns after being rested for the LV= County Championship match against Hampshire.
Gloucestershire have been boosted by the return of skipper Alex Gidman as they open their campaign against Netherlands.
Gidman missed this week’s championship clash against Derbyshire, when a brilliant comeback saw his side escape with a draw, due to a back complaint.
“I just felt a few twinges at Derby and it wasn’t worth risking playing at such an early stage in the season,” he said. “The thought was that if I missed the game I would definitely be fit for the Netherlands match and that’s how it has proved.”
Netherlands, once again led by Peter Borren, have Australian Cameron Borgas in their ranks.
Alex Blake is pushing for a place in Kent’s side as they meet Yorkshire for the third time in just over a month.
The batsman struck 97 against Oxford MCCU this week and may get an opportunity against the White Rose, who Kent have already drawn with twice in the championship.
Yorkshire have replaced rested duo Anthony McGrath and Ryan Sidebottom with Iain Wardlaw and Alex Lilley.
Chesney Hughes is expected to make his first appearance of the season for Derbyshire as they take on the Unicorns in Wormsley.
Hughes looks set to open the batting with Martin Guptill after replacing Paul Borrington in the squad.