The domestic cricket season will have a new shape in 2017 after the ECB Board agreed changes to the season, following discussions with the First Class Counties.
The ECB Board has also asked the ECB Executive to look at all options for the best future structure to support the growth of the game and sustainability of all Counties.
From 2017, there will be changes to the structure and timing of each of the three domestic competitions; NatWest T20 Blast, Specsavers County Championship and Royal London One-Day Cup.
Confirming the developments, Colin Graves, Chairman of the England & Wales Cricket Board, said: “Today’s decisions follow a number of productive meetings with the Chief Executives and Chairmen of the First Class Counties. We’ve worked closely together, looking to improve the domestic structure for the good of the game.
“The changes for 2017 will be good for fans, players and our international teams. The season is easier to follow, the blocks help players focus on specific skills and there’s a better balance across all three formats.
“There is a clear consensus that County cricket has to be sustainable and must support the whole game. There is an appetite for change and cricket is moving fast – we must not be left behind.
“Cricket needs more people playing, great teams and inspired fans in order to thrive; these principles support our plans now and for the future.”