Edgebaston, Aug 9: 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 here on Aug 10.
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.
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, ''The Daily Mail'' reported.
Indian batsman Suresh Raina tweeted, "Good nite, every thing safe here miss you mom can't wait to see u", while England batsman Kevin Pietersen wrote: "They have just locked our hotel in Birmingham. Riots just started here. Insane!"
England bowler Tim Bresnan said on his Twitter account: "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?"
All-rounder Stuart Broad added on his Twitter page, "Police vans all around Birmingham where we are right now."
Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff also pleaded for calm in the city. "Please stop this nonsense people, stay safe everyone," he wrote on his Twitter page.
"I think it's harsh to have a pop at the police they too are putting themselves in danger to protect us! I hope everyones behaving up north!".