Warwickshire's attempts to increase revenue at Edgbaston may be laudable but it hardly seems worth the risk of alienating the Asian community in Birmingham in the process.
For several months the club have allowed From Streets to Arena, a coaching initiative aimed at encouraging disenfranchised Asian youths into mainstream cricket, to use their indoor school at a rate well below market value.
Now, however, they are asking for a substantial increase in rent which, organisers of the scheme claim, would drive them away from the club.
To complicate matters further, players such as Naqaash Tahir and Moeen Ali - who developed through the initiative - are out of contract at the end of the season and are sure to take unnkindly to the move.
As the father of cricketers Kadeer, Moeen and Omar Ali, and the uncle of Kabir, Munir Ali could be viewed as his own talent production line. Cricket is his passion and it is a passion he is keen to share. He set up From Streets to Arena in 1999, keen to harness the vast pool of talent within inner-city Birmingham, a resource that he, and many others within the Asian community, believed was not recognised by existing organisations.
"It started with Kabir," he said. "He showed what could be achieved through hard work, and we wanted to encourage other youngsters down the same route. We offer them coaching and help them develop the skills to take their game to the highest level possible."
Kabir Ali, it should be remembered, left Edgbaston for New Road. He was soon a fixture in the Worcestershire
side and is now an international cricketer. Warwickshire let a gem slip through their fingers.
To their credit, the club have worked hard to ensure there will be no repeat. They have, until now, encouraged From Streets to Arena by renting their indoor school at a reduced rate. Quite independently, several players (including Ian Bell, Mark Wagh, Tony Frost, Keith Piper, Mo Sheikh, David Hemp and the entire Ali clan) give up Sundays to coach.
They also set up excellent talent identification schemes yet, despite the bridgebuilding, Warwickshire's reputation within the Asian community remains poor. "There is anti-Warwickshire feeling," Munir says. "In the past, people have felt they haven't had the opportunity that those from other communities may have had. Asian cricketers don't feel as welcome as they might; they don't see Warwickshire as their club.
"We want to create a system where there are no negative feelings. We want to remove barriers and make everyone aware that there is a path for them. We made great progress last year and developed a strong relationship with Roger Newman, the former Academy director. Since his departure, however, things have not been so good."
Warwickshire can hardly be criticised for trying to make a profit. But the wiser long-term investment would be better served by extending every possible courtesy towards a successful scheme that is, for many, the only form of organised cricket with which they feel comfortable.
Munir said: "We're grateful to Warwickshire for their support but they also benefit from the arrangement. We've identified several talented players - Naqaash is one - who might have been lost to them without us. Sometimes it can seem they only want public school types but there's more talent in the inner-city schools and it's in no-one's interest to waste it.
"It's also good for the reputation of the club to be inclusive. We are often dealing with young people from disadvantaged areas. Warwickshire's Cricket Board does good work in schools but we reach people they can't. We can unlock the vast potential of communities. Everyone has a lot of time on Sundays and, unless they are occupied, youngsters often get themselves into mischief.
"We occupy youngsters in a positive way. We have around 60 attending nets at Edgbaston on Sundays. We have white, black and Asian boys and a few girls aged from nine upwards. Some are disabled and there are differing abilities; but all are welcome.
"Naqaash and Kabir have helped them see that there is a path to the top. They have role-models now.
"Funding is an issue and we are always looking for contributions but, whatever happens, we will continue. I hope it will be at Edgbaston but we also use Saltley Leisure and Community Centre and the people there have been good to us. But I want to have a good relationship with Warwickshire.
"I want these players to use their great facilities and be part of the county setup. It's a great club and I want these young people to feel that such a great club is as much for them as anyone.