Preston Mommsen's comments caused understandable upset at Clydesdale Cricket Club, which hosted this week's trio of YB40 Saltires fixtures, when he questioned the standard of wickets his team were playing on at home.
That has, in some quarters, been unfairly seized upon as excuse-making, when the 25-year-old could not have made it more clear that he was making his comments in the context of acknowledging that their opponents had completely outplayed his men when playing on the same surfaces.
Mommsen was posing a legitimate question about the impact on the development of home-based players if they are not learning in comparable conditions to those of their contemporaries in other countries. The real debate, then, is whether Scottish cricket, with its already inferior resources compared with English county sides, should continue to dilute them by trying to keep a string of grounds up to the necessary standard rather than focusing its efforts on the best of those already available.
While registering his respect for the captain's opinion, Roddy Smith, Cricket Scotland's chief executive, dismissed that possibility. "Our viewpoint is, and always has been, that we want to take games round Scotland," he said. "We would never want to play all our games in Edinburgh or in Aberdeen. Glasgow is the main population base and we always want to bring games to the west. We did so at Uddingston last year and we brought these three games here [to Titwood].
"Preston's got his own opinion and he's entitled to share those. Cricket Scotland is Cricket Scotland. It's not Cricket Edinburgh; the main population base is through here, so we have to bring games through to Glasgow.
"We've got here [Titwood], we've got Ayr and we've got Stirling coming on stream, we hope, so there will be more grounds in the west to share the games around, but we will not, and would never want to, play all our games at a single venue."
At a time when he and his executive team are trying to finalise a deal to move their base to Stirling, he accepted that there is a theoretical case to be made for investing exclusively in a single venue in order to concentrate resources, but he said that will not happen. "It is a fair argument and that's one of the reasons we're trying to get our own national facility that we are in control of," Smith said.
"I understand where Preston's coming from and I understand his viewpoint but there are a lot of people in Glasgow who won't come and see the Saltires in Edinburgh and equally there are a lot of people who normally come and watch us in Edinburgh who haven't been here [at Titwood]."