The Ageas Bowl and SWALEC Stadium have been included on the list of venues for the ECB's new Twenty20 franchise competition.
The Sky Sports Cricket pundits look back at an eventful year in the world of cricket and pick out their highlights.
Nottinghamshire seamer Luke Fletcher has been given the all clear to resume full training following a serious head injury.
Away from the England men's team, we take a look back at some of the other cricketing highlights of 2017...
Essex will open their County Championship title defence with a tough trip to Yorkshire, the team they succeeded as champions.
Nottinghamshire have signed former Sussex opener Chris Nash on a three-year contract following his departure from Hove.
Nottinghamshire's Luke Fletcher is set to return to training for the first time since being struck on the head by a ball.
Nottinghamshire's Samit Patel has been voted PCA Players’ Player of the Year while Essex's Jamie Porter claimed two awards.
Middlesex - we think - and Warwickshire suffer Championship relegation, while there is triple joy for Nottinghamshire…
Nottinghamshire booked an immediate return to County Championship Division One after securing a draw at Sussex.
Worcestershire have been promoted back to the County Championship after a two-year absence.
Nottinghamshire's hopes of promotion from County Championship Division Two are in the balance as Sussex dominate day two at Hove.
England's Ben Stokes is out of Wednesday's ODI against Windies after he was arrested following an incident in Bristol.
Joe Clarke helped Worcestershire overcome a stuttering start as they look to secure promotion to County Championship Division One.
Rory Kleinveldt finished with career-best match figures of 13-98 as Northants beat Nottinghamshire by 124 runs.
Steve Finn swelled Middlesex's hopes of avoiding relegation by taking 8-79 in a 36-run win over Lancashire at Lord's.
Rory Kleinveldt bagged 9-65 for Northants in the Championship, while Surrey's Kumar Sangakkara scored yet another century.
Durham chairman and Sky Sports Cricket's Sir Ian Botham says counties need to be rewarded for nurturing players
Brendan Taylor has been released by Nottinghamshire for family reasons.
Stuart Broad will not play any more cricket before the Ashes start in Australia in November, Sky Sports News understands.
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