Roddy Smith and his team are still trying to fill the holes left in the schedule by their ejection from the YB40 competition and much, in terms of future funding and scheduling, will depend on whether they qualify for the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
This week's final flurry of defeats for the Saltires - that ended with yesterday's seven-wicket defeat by Lancashire Lightning at Glasgow's Titwood - was, then, little more than the latest demonstration of the gulf that remains between the counties and this home-based version of the national side despite 11 seasons of Scottish involvement. In purely competitive terms, the gap has widened: a steady sequence of diminishing returns producing 19 wins and one tie from 136 matches, culminating in this, the first campaign to have ended without a Scottish win.
Smith notes that it is partly a result of a change in policy from the days in which the likes of the all-time great Indian Rahul Dravid represented them a decade ago. Yesterday's Saltires, he noted, were "half the Scotland team and half the Scotland A team".
That, in turn, may make this enforced re-think of their schedules all the more timely as the cons could outweigh the benefits of taking on professional players, in terms of damage to the morale of youngsters if they are only occasionally exposed to opposition of this quality.
All of which is only relevant if they can put an alternative in place but, as Smith noted, during his seven years in the job it has ever been thus: each season's planning dependent entirely upon where others feel able to fit them in. Consequently he is not as uncomfortable with the situation they find themselves in as he might be expected to be.
"We haven't got anything definitive in place yet because there are too many unknowns, such as World Cup qualification," he said. "We are working directly with Ireland and Holland - there's no secret about that at all - but, obviously, Ireland have their next two or three years mapped out now because they're in the World Cup. We and Holland don't; we're still trying to qualify." It looks as if, for Scotland, that will not be clear until after a qualifying tournament in New Zealand next year.
They will be among the favourites but, either way, the need for a feeder structure for all three countries is clear and the benefits of collaboration are obvious. It is in that context that Smith sees the relevance of comparison with rugby's Celtic League, which has evolved into the Celtic/Italian RaboDirect Pro12.
Now the most successful of European rugby's full-time professional competitions, there was much scepticism about its prospects when set up as a rival to England's vaunted Premiership and the French Championship, emerging from rather ramshackle Scottish/Welsh tournaments.
"It is similar but our uncertainty comes from not knowing over the next three or four years what our income streams are going to be," said Smith. "The one thing we hope we can control is the Pro Series with our two teams [containing the top 30 players based in Scotland], the Irish three and the Dutch two. We hope it will include the seven European teams in a seven-team competition. That is the best-case scenario we have, but it could include five teams or six teams; we just don't know.
"Work is going on and there will be meetings in late August and September with our Irish and Dutch colleagues to try to map out the best way forward; as big a European structure as we can negotiate. We will try to arrange as viable and as good a series as we can."
As many friendlies against full and A international teams as possible, as well as against English counties, will be sought, but Scottish cricket can benefit from detaching itself from English support as it bids to establish a stronger identity within Europe.
"The principle is to replace the 12 days of cricket we get in this competition with a lot more days of cricket at similar cost, because these games are hugely expensive," said Smith. "We'll use the money we're saving to try to play more good standard cricket while accepting that we can't replicate playing teams of this quality."