How can it ever hope to challenge the Big Three when it can't resolve a squabble over a TV fee?
As odd as the timing of their tour to South Africa may be, New Zealand and the Proteas are seizing the opportunity to play.
It's as vital for the cricketing 'gods' to invest in veteran players as it is to motivate the young guns.
The extremely talented youngster has found out that everyone needs to listen to advice.
The absence of Biff, Jakes and new dad AB is being acutely felt on tour, but the squad's young blood gives hope.
The Proteas were deservedly punished for their nonchalant approach to the Bangladesh ODIs.
But by bringing AB de Villiers home the real losers are Bangladesh's cricket lovers.
Strong batsmen prepared to force the pace on sluggish tracks can be rewarded, but "accumulators" looking for singles in T20 cricket sink quickly.
With Bangladeshi cricket on the rise, victory for the visiting South Africans is by no means assured.
The smaller stadiums will be the biggest losers as pressure builds for the local game to make money.