India to play Edgbaston Test after assurance from Birmingham Police

India are down 0-2 in the four-match series, and they would be stripped of their number one ranking if England beat them in this match Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Birmingham: Aug 9, 2011

Birmingham Police have given the go ahead for the third Test at Edgbaston and the Indian team management is learnt to have given a nod to the arrangement.

With the fast-spreading London riots raising massive security concerns, Indian and English cricketers have been asked to confine themselves to their hotel rooms ahead of the third Test starting on Tuesday.

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

BCCI had asked for safety assurances for the players, who are on a cricket tour in the country, in the current scenario and upon assurance, gave the nod for the third game of the four match rubber.

A statement issued by West Midlands Police on Monday said: “West Midlands Police are aware of some disorder in Birmingham city centre.”

“Several premises in the centre have been attacked with some shop windows smashed and property stolen in various locations.”

Assistant Chief Constable Sharon Rowe said: “We will not tolerate mindless violence and damage anywhere in the West Midlands and are working to ensure that the offenders are identified and caught as soon as possible.”