The tiniest flicker of hope that West Indies’ cricket is not deep in the doldrums has now, we regret to confirm, been utterly and irrevocably extinguished.
So the regional team ends up on the losing end of yet another cricket series – nothing to see here.
Except that this time, the woeful Windies went down in the third and final One Day International against Bangladesh to hand the home side a 2-1 series victory.
The result means the West Indies have lost five straight series, in all formats of the game, within the space of two months.
Their losing streak began on their tour of India in November where they not only lost the two-match Test series 2-0, but also folded inside three days in both instances.
They were then comprehensively beaten in the subsequent ODI series 3-1 and then blanked 3-0 in the tour ending T20 series.
The Windies followed up that dreadful performance by failing to win a single Test match against the lower-ranked Bangladeshis in their two-Test series, in what has so far been a catastrophic tour of the Asian sub-continent.
Now with just three T20 internationals remaining, the regional side is set to return to the Caribbean once again with its tail between its legs.
Only batsmen Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer have shown any real resistance against Bangladesh’s mostly spin attack, while no bowler has stood out.
It is now more evident than ever that changes have to made at Cricket West Indies (CWI).
The West Indies are ranked eighth in the International Cricket Council’s Test Rankings, out of the ten Test playing nations.
Now they will most likely soon be overtaken by Bangladesh, who are ranked one place lower and trail by just one point.
They are ninth in the ODI rankings, ahead of only minnows Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, Ireland, Scotland and the United Arab Emirates.
And the Windies are ranked ninth in T20Is, which most people argue is their strongest format.
CWI president Dave Cameron cannot and should not be pleased with the state of West Indies cricket.
But he is as much to blame.
In the Caribbean we have a bad habit of accepting mediocrity and for too long, CWI (formerly the West Indies Cricket Board) has been allowed to continue as if all is well.
Surely it is past time now, in light of the most recent string of poor performances and results, for fresh faces, new ideas and for a new guard in West Indies cricket to be ushered in.
While cricket is a sport, CWI is a business. In what other business would Dave Cameron and his executive been allowed to continue?
The answer is none.
Since being elected president of the then WICB back in March 2013, what progress has Cameron made?
Furthermore, the highlight of his time in office still stands to be the highly publicized abandoned tour of India in October 2014, which embarrassed the region.
There must now be a complete restructuring of West Indies cricket, starting at the regional first-class level.
A review of the Regional 4-Day and Super50 competitions needs to be done, as those competitions have failed to raise the standard of regional cricket and produce world-class players.
At the age of 39, Chris Gayle is still the West Indies’ best opening batsman, the West Indies have failed to produce a quality middle-order batsmen since Brian Lara retired in 2007, and quality fast-bowlers have been few and far in between.
The record at the coaching level is not much better, with the regional team having had five head coaches in the space of just four years.
There is no quick fix to West Indies cricket. There is no magic wand to be waved to make everything perfect.
But unless something is done and done soon, West Indies cricket will continue to languish in the depths of despair and the memories of the side regarded as the best of all times will fade into distant memory.
There must be progressive change and soon but surely it is time to recognize that under Cameron nothing can.