The 21st century brings another first to the cricket field. Test Match cricket may be for the first time in history is played in empty stands without a single spectator. It is a weird experience for any player to motivate their own self to perform in from of empty stands. In modern day cricket, even on practice days there are media and even spectators watching the players practice. Now on actual match days other than the camera man, the players does not see anybody else in the stadium.
England are hosting West Indies at Southampton for this historic test, which is being played without spectators. It is also historical that both competing Test Teams are led by all rounders in this test. Jason Holder the regular West Indies captain went for the toss with the stand in England captain Ben Stokes. Big part of the first day was lost due to rain, but the Test Match is poised for a strong finish. It had its fair share of controversy with senior bowler Stuart Broad being omitted from the playing XI. Broad did not hide his frustration to the media also. England are behind in the match and they have to make up big to prevent the West Indies from going 1-0 up in the series.
Cricket has witnessed the discovery of spectator friendly formats in One day Internationals and T20s. But Test Cricket still remains the most pure form and the toughest to compete. It also has a rich history of over 100 years. The format of Test Cricket has evolved a lot from the era of timeless Test to the present day Test Cricket. But never ever has a Test Match been played without a single spectator.