There has been a dark cloud hanging over England cricket for a while now, and it hasn't just been the national team that has been under its shadow. There has been inordinate amount of gazing at navels by those that hold the game dear. We have been talking about participation numbers, carving up counties and the public falling out of love with the game.
Early in the year the IPL held an auction for teams to buy players who had either been released by previous sides, or who were new to the market. A hefty chunk of cash was spent, but did the teams get value for their money?
What the ECB had not done when the decision to shed themselves of Peter Moores was made was work out who would replace him.
Zimbabwe's cricketers have boarded a plane to Pakistan, departing Harare on Monday afternoon after much uncertainty, and the cricket world will watch the next 10 days with bated breath.
Cricket South Africa will host their gala awards evening on 3 June, with AB de Villiers in line to defend his Cricketer of the Year title, and if it were up to a public vote he'd be a dead certainty.
Kevin Pietersen's England career ended at Sydney 15 months ago. Even his staunchest supporters, and perhaps even the man himself, knew that. While a glimmer of hope appeared on the horizon it was really just a mirage.