Riots spread to Birmingham, Team India safe

first_imgThe violence that rocked London and spread across major England cities did raise concerns over the third Test between India and England at Edgbaston in Birmingham, but according to reports necessary security precautions by police has ensured that the match will be on course on Wednesday.Headlines Today spoke to Team India manager Anirudh Chaudhary in Birmingham. “All players are safe and are inside their rooms,” said Chaudhary and added, “The team management continues to monitor the situation”.Chaudhary added “A few players had gone out for dinner but they were called back and now everybody is in the hotel”.The Team India management had issued an advisory to all the players, asking them not to step out and return to their hotel. “We were told by the Board to remain where we were last night with instructions to restrict our movement,” said Choudhry.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.Over 200 people have been arrested so far as the police continued to grapple with trouble spreading to newer areas in London. The violence started after a person was killed allegedly in police firing.Meanwhile England players were also confined to their hotel rooms.Players took to Twitter to show their concern. India batsman Suresh Raina tweeted, “Every thing safe here guys don’t worry thanks for your concern….focus on 3 Test can’t wait to wait for the match. Good nite, every thing safe here miss you mom can’t wait to see u.”advertisementEngland batsman Kevin Pietersen wrote: “They have just locked our hotel in Birmingham. Riots just started here. Insane!””Just seen the rioters in Birmingham fleeing down the main street followed by a load of police in the full get up. What’s going on?” questioned England paceman Tim Bresnan. Stuart Broad’s tweet too provided a picture into the situation. “Police vans all around Birmingham where we are right now,” he tweeted.last_img

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