The 18 first-class counties have agreed to a revised construction for the 2021 males’s first-class season, which can finish with a showpiece five-day Bob Willis Trophy ultimate 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 in all three seeded teams of six and can play 10 matches in the course of the group levels.
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’ll every play an additional 4 matches.
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The winner of Division One shall be topped county champions.
The highest two groups in Division One can even earn the best to play within the Bob Willis Trophy
England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Ian Watmore mentioned: “I’m delighted that the counties have been capable of attain this settlement lower than three weeks after Essex received the Bob Willis Trophy ultimate at Lord’s.
“The success of that competitors gives reassurance that this construction can assist safeguard towards any affect the worldwide pandemic could have on subsequent season whereas additionally making certain the integrity of the County Championship.”