SOMERSET County Cricket Club are set to play both four-day and T20 cricket this summer, after a meeting of the 18 First-Class Counties' chairmen today.

It was widely expected that a T20 competition would take place, most likely in September, but it was unclear whether four-day or 50-over cricket would precede that.

Today it was confirmed that the counties have agreed to play red-ball cricket as well as white-ball (T20) during 2020's shortened men's domestic season, which is likely to see greater regionalisation of matches.

A majority vote was reached that the meeting, following approval by the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for the new season to commence on August 1.

Today's agreement will be passed on for ECB Board approval this week, after which the details of the new fixture schedule will be announced.

The ECB statement adds: "The safety and wellbeing of all players, staff and officials remains the priority of the ECB, and all counties will undergo further medical risk assessments and venue compliance approval as planning progresses to ensure safe environments for the start of the men’s domestic season.

"Ticket holders for men's domestic matches and county members are set to be contacted by venues with the options available to them after a new fixture schedule is announced."