ECB chief executive Tom Harrison said the commencement of County cricket will be a step towards restoration.
"It is a significant step for our game that we are able to approve the start of the men's domestic season for August 1 and one which will be welcomed by everyone connected with County cricket," said ECB chief executive Tom Harrison.
"It follows extensive consultation between the 18 first-class Counties, the Professional Cricketers' Association and the ECB ... as we prepare for a domestic season unlike any the game has faced before," Harrison added.
England set to host West Indies for three-Test series
International cricket will be in full swing with England hosting West Indies for a three-match Test series, starting July 8. The Ageas Bowl will play host to the series opener, while the next two Tests will be played at the Emirates Old Trafford.