Regular readers may have noticed - but not necessarily been disheartened by - the absence of much cricket-related commentary here. There are a couple of reasons for its absence. First, I've been reading a lot in preparation for what I hope may become a longer-term project. Secondly, so much of the news these days is sufficiently depressing as to make one think that the game - that is to say, the game one knows and loves - is scarcely worth the candle.
And yet, despite this, there are occasional sparks of light. Consider the comments of Darren Ganga, for instance. The West Indian is no-one's idea of a titan, but he seems to have the sport's best interests at heart.
"Really and truly, this [Twenty20] is not really a benchmark for judging players. Test cricket is the ultimate," he told Colin Croft in a BBC interview on Friday. "There will be a point in time when a lot of people are going to get jaded over this version of the game and realise it doesn't show the true colours of a cricketer."
"It's going to taper off at some stage, I don't know when, but I think that most of the interest created by Twenty20 is going to die out and we'll revert to Test cricket once again because it is the real test of a cricketer."
Let us hope he is correct.