Sporting Digest: Cricket

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The Independent Online
Leicestershire have announced an annual profit of more than pounds 33,000, despite losing 2,250 county championship overs - or 22 days - and corresponding revenue to bad weather last season. The 1996 county champions, whose latest profit is pounds 11,000 up on their title-winning season, have laid out pounds 24,000 of their extra money on a new drainage system at Grace Road to prevent any needless future disruption by rain.

Daniel Vettori, the New Zealand spinner, will be paid to not play at the Sharjah limited overs tournament next month. In an unusual move, New Zealand Cricket will compensate the teenager after deciding to rest him from the tournament following a gruelling season.