DON'T PANIC - The Special One will soon be at Lord's.
No, Middlesex's dip in form and injury crisis hasn't reached the point of turning to former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.
Middlesex's Special One is, in fact, Murali Kartik, who has been given the label by Middlesex chief executive Vinny Codrington.
Last year's joint player-ofthe-season is due back at HQ in June following his Indian Premier League stint with the Kolkata Knights.
However, his return was thrown into doubt by the IPL antics of fellow Indian spin-wizard Harbhajan Singh in a game last month.
Harbhajan got himself into hot water for slapping pace bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth - an offence that earned him an 11-game suspension from the tournament.
A subsequent ban imposed by the Indian Cricket Board means the off-break bowler will miss five one-day internationals, prompting fears Kartik would be called up to replace him and thus delaying his return to Seaxes' colours.
But Codrington is confident events thousands of miles a way on the Indian sub-continent w ouldn't penalise struggling Middlesex. He said: "I've spoken to
Murali, and he didn't think India would turn to him as Harbhajan's replacement.
"Murali is an orthodox left-arm spinner while Harbhajan bowls right-arm, so it wouldn't be a like-for-like swap.
"So at this stage, I'm not inclined to be worried."
Middlesex can ill-afford for Murali's return to be delayed.
They are rock-bottom of the County Championship prior to the start of yesterday's game with Warwickshire at Edgbaston.
And, having lost heavily in their last three Friends Provident clashes, Ed Smith's side are short of runs, while their under-strength bowling has lacked penetration.
Their latest one-day clash, an eight-wicket defeat to Essex, was lost in the opening overs, which saw them reduced to 15-3.
Smith (75) and Morgan (100) repaired some damage, but 259-7 was not a competitive enough total and Jason Gallian's unbeaten ton saw Essex skate home with seven overs to spare.
The return fixture between the two sides at Lord's on May 28 will be Friends Provident Club Day, Middlesex announced this week.
Kids can get in for £1 and will be able to take part in activities, junior quizzes, skills competitions and prize giveaways.