The most divisive and tasteless selection in cricket history
England's selectors have only delayed the moment of truth.
By announcing a squad of 15 players for the controversial Stanford Twenty20 contest, the selectors have merely put back the day when the final 11, who will play for the chance to win $1m each, are revealed.
Only then will the impact of the most divisive and tasteless selection in cricket history be known.
I only hope the England management have been on an extra training course to prepare themselves.
The unlucky four squad members can console themselves with the thought of possibly picking up $250,000 each in the event of their colleagues beating the Stanford Super Stars, but I hope people are slowly waking up to quite what a vulgar and thoroughly unnecessary exercise this is.
The England and Wales Cricket Board's hope is that it will lure England's players away from participating in the Indian Premier League next spring.
Well, let's see. I will happily take a friendly bet with anyone now that this unofficial Texan shoot-out will not persuade England's players to remain at home rather than chase further riches in India.
There will, of course, be some sort of macabre interest in this first match of its kind but of much greater importance to me is the discovery over the coming months of exactly what the deal is between the ECB and Sir Allen Stanford, particularly the depth of his involvement in the English Premier League.
In an otherwise predictable announcement, I am very glad that former England captain Michael Vaughan has retained his central contract, and to hear selector Geoff Miller's ringing endorsement of a man who could still play an important role.
Vaughan will be setting his sights very much on Andrew Strauss's place in the team. Strauss will be thoroughly scrutinised in the two Tests against India before Christmas.
I travelled to see Vaughan a couple of weeks ago, and gained the impression that the former captain is determined to give his playing career a real shot between now and the start of the Ashes.
This would include playing club cricket overseas this winter if necessary. But if he fails to win his England place back by the time the Ashes come around in the summer of 2009, he would, in all likelihood, bring the curtain down.