For me, there was a certain inevitability in the announcement today that Shiv Thakor had been sacked by Derbyshire.
Following on from last week's conviction for exposure, there seemed little alternative for the club, to be perfectly honest.
I don't plan to labour the point, because it is a sensitive subject. A young player who was always pleasant and affable on the occasions I chatted with him has done untold damage to his cricket career. Meanwhile his club has lost a player who looked like he could become really special. Both are the poorer for the parting, but that doesn't mean that it isn't the right thing to do.
For Derbyshire the question is how they replace an influential all-rounder who gave balance to the team and could produce match-winning displays with bat and ball. They may go with what they have, or may look at a replacement. Such a player would have to be special and, to my mind Kolpak, were that the case.
For Thakor, the question is whether he can eventually rebuild his career and who would perhaps, at some point, give him the opportunity to do so. It will not be easy.
That's one for the future to reveal. All I can say, in closing, was that I enjoyed watching him in Derbyshire colours.
Hopefully we can get back to cricketing matters now.