Professional Cricketers’ Association Chairman Daryl Mitchell has provided an update ahead of pilot 100-ball games.

The Worcestershire batsman said: “The Professional Cricketers’ Association can confirm we have been working with the ECB in preparation for six days of trial matches for the new competition’s format.

“Trent Bridge will host men’s pilot games on 16, 17 and 18 September while Loughborough will play host to three days of women’s fixtures as research for the 100-ball format.

“The trials will provide an opportunity for players to get involved and to experiment various elements of the playing conditions which will be tested before providing feedback to the ECB on if the format is workable.

“After the proposed 100-ball format was announced in April, consultation with PCA members has been regular, with numerous conversations and meetings between the ECB, PCA and player representatives to discuss playing regulations.

“All current male players have been contacted today to notify them of the details for the pilot matches with player availability co-ordinated via the counties and the ECB.

“We are pleased to confirm players will receive match fees and depending on availability will be allowed to play on all three days.

“With the extremely packed schedule, we are grateful for Nottinghamshire and Warwickshire for cancelling their scheduled 2nd XI friendly to provide players while Nottinghamshire and Lancashire do not have a 1st XI fixture.

“We are hopeful the majority of counties will have a representative although with some counties having 1st XI and 2nd XI fixtures it will not be possible to have a player from each of the 18 counties.

“The current plan is to have three or four XIs to maximise the investigations on the three days whilst making sure workload for players is manageable.

“The women’s games will pilot the same playing conditions as the men’s matches. These will take place on 14, 15 and 27 September.”