London riots: India will play in Edgbaston Test

Birmingham: Despite riots not far from the stadium where India and England meet for the third cricket Test on Wednesday, officials said that the match will go ahead.

The city centre here was the scene of rioting last night which kept both the India and England teams indoor. There are apprehensions of more trouble.

Edgbaston, where the match is to be played, is barely eight kms from the city centre. Officials were keeping a close watch but they did not expect any disruption of the match.

A press release by the Warkwickshire County Cricket Club said that the third Npower Test match between England and India will proceed as planned and play will begin at 11 am tomorrow as scheduled.

Steve Elworthy, head of communications for the England and Wales Cricket Board, said "it is business as usual and we are preparing to be ready to go tomorrow".

"We are communicating with police but the usual protocols are in place", he said.

However, all important sporting events in London and around, including a football friendly between England and Holland, have been postponed.

Indian and English cricketers have been asked to confine themselves to their hotel rooms ahead of the third Test after trouble spread to newer areas in London and nearby places.

Over 200 people have been arrested so far as the police continued to grapple with the violence which started after a person was killed allegedly in police firing.

The unrest has since spread to Birmingham as well and the Indian and English cricketers have been asked to stay indoors to avoid trouble.

Indian team manager Anirudh Choudhry said that the players are watching with concern the developments following the riots.

"We were told by the Board to remain where we were last night with instructions to restrict our movement," he said.

In an email, he later said, "all the members of the Indian touring squad are safe and accounted for...the team management is keeping a close watch on the situation."

The Indian team is staying in a central city hotel as is the England team, a part of the town which was the centre of riots.

PTI

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