TMS team heads for the sun
When Test Match Special was last broadcast just before Christmas, I doubt many of us thought England's series against the West Indies just over a month later would see a new captain leading the side and no full-time coach to help behind the scenes.
It's funny how the wheel of cricketing fortune turns. Just three months ago, the new England captain Andrew Strauss was sitting with us in the BBC commentary box in Antigua working on our coverage of the Stanford Super Series.
During the Twenty20 for $20m game in which England were humiliated by the Stanford Superstars, I remember Strauss telling us he was glad not to be in Kevin Pietersen's shoes that night. Well now he is!
Jonathan Agnew will, of course, be 'skippering' our team in the Caribbean and he'll be joined by the voice of West Indies Cricket, Tony Cozier, and the newly honoured Christopher Martin-Jenkins MBE.
Well I say CMJ will be part of our team....regular listeners to TMS will know that he is not always renowned for being on time and as he is due to arrive in Jamaica by boat, we are not sure exactly when Christopher will be joining us, so Arlo White, who is covering the tour for Five Live, will also be commentating on the first Test as we await CMJ's arrival.
Providing expert analysis throughout the series will be Geoff Boycott, Vic Marks and Sir Viv Richards. Viv is, of course, a legend throughout the Caribbean, but is especially revered in his home island of Antigua where the stadium which will stage the second Test is named after him.
Viv will also be part of the TMS team for the one-day series, starting in Trinidad on 15 March. He'll be joined by another West Indies great, Colin Croft, alongside Simon Mann, Simon Hughes and Tony Cozier.
Our coverage of the tour gets underway at 1415 next Wednesday with ball-by-ball commentary on the first Test from Sabina Park.
As well as all the action, we'll also have plenty of other things to enjoy during the Test series. Peter Moores will be talking to Jonathan Agnew in his first interview since leaving his job as England coach.
We will also be discussing the relationship between a coach and captain in modern international teams - and as always you can join the debate either by e-mailing the programme firstname.lastname@example.org , texting us on 84040 or posting your thoughts on this blog.
Michael Vaughan will be giving us his take on the Pietersen/Moores controversy as well as updating us on his own situation as he starts pre-season with Yorkshire and the man who replaced Moores as Sussex coach, Mark Robinson, will be giving us his thoughts on what happened with his predecessor as well as telling us the latest on changing times at Hove.
We'll also hear from two of England's batting stars from the 3-0 Test victory in the Caribbean four years ago, Mark Butcher and Graham Thorpe, who are now working with former Sussex captain Chris Adams to revive the fortunes of Surrey.
With the series getting under way in Jamaica, we'll be tracing the cricketing roots of the island's current sporting super star double Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt, who lists West Indies captain Chris Gayle as one of his heroes and played cricket as a youngster before realising his real sporting talents rested elsewhere.
The series will be England's first with the umpire referral system in place and we'll be debating the future of TV technology helping to make decisions and we'll also hear from the man who after working as a FIFA football referee is now becoming a first-class cricket umpire, Martin Bodenham.
So, there's lots to look forward to in our coverage of what promises to be a fascinating series plus regular blogs, text commentary and Jonathan Agnew and Geoff Boycott's now legendary Test Match Special Podcast. All the details at bbc.co.uk/cricket.
Away from the Caribbean, we'll also be live in Goa on 6 February to see which England players were signed in the second Indian Premier League auction and have coverage of the ECB chairman election with news expected between the first and second Tests.
Finally, it's going to be a huge year for the England women's team, with the World Cup, World Twenty20 and Ashes to look forward to.
We'll be live in Loughborough at the team's final training session before they depart for Australia to begin their World Cup campaign and there'll be a special feature on England all-rounder Ebony-Jewel Cora-Lee Camellia Rosamond Rainford-Brent, who is now attracting attention for more than just her name.