All 18 first-class counties have agreed to participate in a shortened red-ball match by means of the truncated house season, England Cricket Board (ECB) launched on Friday.

The season was drastically postponed on account of Coronavirus pandemic, now will resume on August 1.

Teams will compete for the Bob Willis Trophy, to be adopted by a Twenty20 (T20) opponents starting on August 27.

The red-ball opponents is named in honour of former England captain Willis, who died in December aged 70.

Only James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Ian Botham have taken additional Test wickets for England than Willis, a former quick who accomplished with 325 scalps in 90 matches between 1971 and 1984.

England and Wales Cricket Board managing director of county cricket Neil Snowball, talked about: “We are all delighted that agreement has been reached across the game and we are now in a position to look forward to and prepare for a new men s domestic season starting on 1 August.”

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