Warwickshire face further embarrassment following Keith Piper's alleged failed drugs test.
Piper, who has been summoned to face the England & Wales Cricket Board at Lord's on Thursday after traces of marijuana were supposedly found in a routine drugs test, appears doomed to be jettisoned from the game.
His departure could have serious implications for other figures at the club, however.
The Post understands that at least two senior players and a member of the coaching staff approached Warwickshire chief executive Dennis Amiss on separate occasions last season to express concerns about the wicketkeeper.
If there were suspicions about Piper's behaviour, it makes the decision to dispense with Ian Clifford and Sandy Allen over the winter puzzling.
The club are searching for a wicketkeeper and hope that Tony Frost does not sustain an injury. Trevor Penney, who might have been called upon in an emergency, is out of action with a hamstring strain.
Furthermore, if the club had been warned about the danger of another positive drug test, it may make their treatment of Graham Wagg appear unreasonable.
When Wagg tested positive last September, Warwickshire underlined their 'zero tolerance' policy to the issue by not merely terminating the player's contract, but banning him from the ground or from using the club's facilities.
Meanwhile, former Warwickshire players have urged the club to show more compassion in treating erring players. Paul Smith, the former allrounder, said: "It doesn't seem the club have learnt any lessons.
"Everybody knew that Keith was a vulnerable person but he doesn't seem to have had any support. The club have to do better or, in a couple of years, someone else's career will be ruined in the same way.
"Players need more support than ever before and perhaps most of all when they reach the end of their career. It's tough out there after all you've ever done is play sport and I just hope the club and the Professional Cricketers' Association try to help and not just punish."
Piper's former captain, Dermot Reeve, said: "Sometimes society sets tough rules. I just hope the club looks at Keith's wonderful enthusiasm and realise that this is a sensitive, emotional guy who needs their support."