Nagpur Test struggles to attract the punters
Once again it's the issue of crowds, or more specifically lack of crowds, at Test matches here in India that has raised its head as the four -Test India versus Australia series comes to a conclusion.
Turn on your TV and you'll have seen block upon block of empty seats in the brand new VCA Stadium here in Nagpur.
Oddly though the low crowds at the Test shouldn't offer any indication that there is a lack of interest for the visit of India and Australia to India's City of Oranges.
In fact, the Old VCA Ground in the centre of the town was heaving with supporters keen to grab a look at both teams training on the two days preceding the Test and the queues snaked out of the dusty old stands onto the surrounding streets for two or three hours on both days.
That makes it even more of a shame that the final Test has been viewed by such sparse crowds.
We all know that Test match cricket is struggling to find a niche in India these days so how's this for an inspired bit of marketing?
Here in Nagpur, daily tickets were not on sale for the Test match and only season tickets at Rs 750 (£10) , Rs 1000 (£13.50) , Rs 6000 (£80) and Rs 10,000 (£134) for all five days were made available.
Obviously that's great if you're able to see the whole game but not really a sound financial decision if you can only make one day.
It sparked such resentment locally that the newspapers on the first morning of the Test carried various pictures of demonstrations at the old VCA Ground.
Of course, as well as ticket prices the location of the new stadium doesn't help to drum up support.
The new VCA Ground isn't just on the edge of town but some 15 kilometres from the centre of Nagpur (although most auto-rickshaw drivers will tell you it's 25km!) so getting to and home from the ground is rarely straightforward.
The Wardha Road linking Nagpur and the stadium has been earmarked as prime development land and in the future the new VCA Ground may not be the relative blot on the landscape it is now.
For the time being though it's either an expensive slog out to the ground by auto-rickshaw or taxi or the usual helter- skelter bus journey packed to the rafters with eager cricket fans keen to make the start of play.
Once you have arrived there is, as always, a decision made by local administrators that makes you scratch your head and smile.
Now I know the ground is brand new and relatively spick and span but surely the decision not to let supporters drink water and eat the food they've purchased at the food stands in their seats is taking things a bit too far!
It did mean though that the quieter passages of play were enlivened by the surreptitious smuggling and consumption of food and water into Gallery S-I by the most unlikely of 'criminals'!
But now it's time to turn away from sparsely populated Test grounds and turn my attention to the packed-to-the-rafters appeal of the seven-match ODI Series against England.
I've got my trains booked for the seven-match, 19-day epic journey all over this immense country and if the pre-series hype is anything to go by I doubt there 'll be a spare seat at any one of the matches.