Dakin moves back to Leicestershire
Jon Dakin has rejoined Leicestershire after two seasons with Essex. Dakin was awarded his County Cap with Essex last season after a promising start and ended with 40 wickets. Dakin, 30, also helped them to win the Division Two Championship medal in 2002.
However, he has returned to Leicestershire, where he left at the end of 2001, and where he started his career in 1993.
David East, Essex's chief executive, said: "Jon made a valuable contribution in his time at Essex and we thank him for his efforts. We wish him all the best for his return to Leicester."
Meanwhile, James Whitaker, a former captain of the club, has also rejoined Leicestershire as the director of cricket, while Kevin Hill, the chief executive, has agreed to part company.
Neil Davidson, the chairman, said: "James Whitaker's loyalties lie firmly with Leicestershire. His track record when captain demonstrates that he has the credentials to get the best out of players."