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Asif Din, the Warwickshire batsman, picked up £116,853 from his benefit season during the club's treble-winning campaign last summer.

The former England batsman Bill Athey, who missed Sussex's pre-season tour of Spain with a virus, has declared himself fit for the start of the new campaign.

Sky Sports received tentative approval yesterday to use a radar gun to give viewers an instantaneous reading of the speed of bowlers' deliveries during the new season. The Test and County Cricket Board also agreed to allow the satellite channel to place a microphone inside the stumps to pick up sounds around the bat. Sky has been placing a camera inside the stumps for two years.

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