Birmingham, Aug 10: Come rain, come shine or come riots... the show must go on, say the Birmingham authorities. Meanwhile, opposing Test sides England and India get ready to spar out the third Test match of the tour at the town's cricket stadium of Edgbaston.
There were no signs of trouble on Monday afternoon in the city. During the lull before the storm, players from the Indian team finished their practice sessions and headed for a jaunt around the city centre to shop and sight-see.
But with the London riots apparently spilling over into Birmingham, team officials directed Dhoni and his men to haul buns and head back to their hotel.
Security officers too intervened and advised the cricketers to stay put at their hotels. Dhoni quipped that since the food was good enough there, staying couped up in a 5-star was fine with his team.
Any threats of the third Test, scheduled to start on Wednesday, getting affected were however quickly tempered. "There is nothing to think that the match will not go ahead as planned," an ECB spokesperson said.
"It's business as usual," confirmed Steve Elworthy, head of communications for ECB. "The match will start at 11 am local time. We are in touch with the police but the usual protocols are in place."
London has been the scene of angry mobs for four days now. Birmingham too felt their hostility on Monday, with as many as 100 youngsters arrested in the night.
Hopefully, the unrest will subside by the start of the Test match today and the only conflict will be between bat and ball.