Could Jos Buttler really play at the Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10?
To borrow a phrase that seems in vogue when talking about cricket’s future, anything is possible.
The dates for the fourth season of the 10-over competition were announced this week. If all goes to plan, it will start on November 19, four days after the conclusion of the T20 World Cup in Australia.
What competitions it will be vying with remain to be seen – as does the simple question of whether it will be safe to proceed at all.
The Pakistan Super League has been looking at the same window to rearrange its finals series, which was postponed in March.
The behemoth that is the Indian Premier League is suspended indefinitely. It seems unlikely that will just be allowed to pass without being rescheduled in some sizeable form.
In terms of international cricket, there could be openings. England’s players should be free – and presumably keen for some cricket at generous rates.
If the organisers can mend bridges with Pakistan, whose players were ordered en masse not to play last season, that could be a rich source of talent, too – although the national team are due to play Zimbabwe at that time.
"The tournament has been going for long enough now that every international cricketer knows about it," Eoin Morgan, England's limited-overs captain and a T10 regular, said on Monday.
“It is a part of the calendar that guys, if they are available to play – providing they are not playing all three formats of the game internationally – they will try and get there.”
Morgan also said, when asked which of his colleagues he would most like to see in T10, that he would have Buttler.
The T10 already has seen plenty of stardust in its short history so far. Andre Russell, Jofra Archer, Chris Lynn, Rashid Khan, Yuvraj Singh, Chris Gayle, Mohammed Amir, Shahid Afridi and many other celebrated names have been involved in the three seasons to date.
So who else could be in line for a 10-over debut this season?
Along with Buttler, there are another 10 players in the photo gallery above who would bring plenty of magic to the competition. To move on to the next slide, click on the arrows or if using a mobile device, simply swipe.