LONDON: The County Championship will return subsequent 12 months in a group-stage format after it was scrapped this season as a result of coronavirus pandemic, the England and Wales Cricket Board stated on Friday.
The 18 first-class counties have agreed to a revised construction for the 2021 males’s first-class season, which is able to finish with a showpiece five-day Bob Willis Trophy closing at Lord’s.
Essex will defend each titles after the county received the 2019 County Championship and this 12 months’s inaugural Bob Willis Trophy.
Every county has been positioned into one among three seeded teams of six and can play 10 matches in the course of the group phases.
The highest two groups in every group will progress to Division One, with the opposite counties shifting into Divisions Two and Three, the place they are going to every play an additional 4 matches.
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The winner of Division One might be topped county champions.
The highest two groups in Division One can even earn the fitting to play within the Bob Willis Trophy
England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Ian Watmore stated: “I’m delighted that the counties have been capable of attain this settlement lower than three weeks after Essex received the Bob Willis Trophy closing at Lord’s.
“The success of that competitors gives reassurance that this construction can assist safeguard in opposition to any affect the worldwide pandemic might have on subsequent season whereas additionally making certain the integrity of the County Championship.”