Warwickshire's decision to cancel their pre-season tour of Grenada could signal a change of approach from the management to the players at Edgbaston.
There will be those that suggest the tour has fallen victim to budget cuts but there is little precedent for such claims. The club has been unstinting in its financial backing of the team in recent years and had director of cricket Ashley Giles wanted to take the team to Grenada he certainly could have done so.
Instead, the team will train in damp and chilly England. There will be no catamaran cruises and no runs on the beach. In short, there will be no reward until there has been some achievement.
For there is a growing school of thought that things have become a little too comfortable at Edgbaston. While most would delight in the fact that Warwickshire play-ers enjoy every benefit a modern sportsman could wish for, one would hope they also maintain their hunger for success. The decision to cancel the tour taken in conjunction with Darren Maddy's comments in this newspaper a couple of weeks ago suggest that the management is not totally convinced that is the case.
Maddy, remember, suggested that some players used the unpopular former coach, Mark Greatbatch, as an excuse to hide their own failings.
Meanwhile, Warwickshire's Ian Bell has emerged as a surprise candidate to lead England's one-day side should current captain Paul Collingwood miss any of the forthcoming series against New Zealand.
As England's outstanding batsman, it was anticipated that Kevin Pietersen would take charge of the team should anything befall Collingwood during the limited-overs matches in the next three weeks. But coach Peter Moores has revealed how highly England regard the tactical awareness of 25-year-old Bell.
Asked who might lead the side in Collingwood's absence, Moores conceded Pietersen's credentials, but stressed: "We've got two or three decent options within the side. We've got people like Ian Bell, who has captained Under-19s and is potentially a captain. He has a very good tactical cricket brain and we also have someone like Alastair Cook, although it is very early for him yet. We have different options. In any team, you don't just want captains, you want internal leaders and that's what makes a side work."
Collingwood will lead the side in two limited-overs warm-up matches against Canterbury this weekend. With the games, which will consist of 13 players per side tomorrow and 12 players each the following day, the only chance of practise before Tuesday's opening Twenty20 international in Auckland, England's biggest dilemma is finalising their line-up.
Warwickshire wicketkeeper Tim Ambrose may have to wait for his opportunity. Durham's Phil Mustard looks likely to be given the first chance to impress, ostensibly to allow Ambrose time to adjust to his first senior tour.
Moores added: "It's a great experience for Tim. We know he's had a good season and I know him from his time at Sussex. He's a very talented keeper but he's also a talented batter. At the moment, he's getting his feet under the table."
Back at Edgbaston, Warwickshire have played down links to Atiq-uz-Zaman. The 31-year-old wicketkeeper, who has played one Test and three one-day internationals for Pakistan but now qualifies as a British citizen, has been quoted as saying that the club has been in contact. It transpires, however, that he was briefly considered among a host of options before the club resigned Tony Frost. Instead, Zaman will have a trial at Leicestershire.