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Bob Willis Trophy: England counties agree to play in shortened red-ball tournament


Arhama AltafWeb Editor

11th Jul, 2020. 09:58 am
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England Cricket Board

All 18 first-class counties have agreed to take part in a shortened red-ball tournament during the truncated domestic season, England Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Friday.

The season was drastically postponed due to Coronavirus pandemic, now will resume on August 1.

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

The red-ball competition 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 more Test wickets for England than Willis, a former quick who finished with 325 scalps in 90 matches between 1971 and 1984.

England and Wales Cricket Board managing director of county cricket Neil Snowball, said: “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.”