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    Sachin Tendulkar during a nets session at Edgbaston. (Getty Images)

    Players from both sides mostly opted to remain in their hotels as rioting and looting spread across and beyond London. England football friendly against Netherlands fell victim to UK riots but an ECB spokesman insisted the third Test at Edgbaston will go ahead as planned.

    The third Test in Birmingham will be the subject of a police assessment to ensure resources will not be overstretched and they can police the game safely.

    "This is pertaining to the situation in Birmingham. All the members of the Indian touring squad are safe and accounted for. The team management is keeping a close watch on the situation," Cricinfo quoted Indian team manager Anirudh Chaudhary.

    Here's the list of sporting events affected by rioting in UK.

    Meanwhile Daily Mail reported Chris Tremlett is out of the third Test after failing to recover from a back injury.

    They have just locked our hotel in Birmingham Riots just started here. Insane!,

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  • Early Saturday morning and an Indian tabloid carried news that Rahul Dravid might be selected as part of the limited overs squad for the England series. I termed the story ridiculous while discussing it with a colleague, but then again taking into account what the selectors had done in the past, I didn’t put it past them.

    In the late afternoon, the squad for the ODIs and one-off T20 was announced and true to form, India’s selectors justified just why they’re often referred to as a ‘bunch of jokers’. Rahul Dravid was named as part of the team for the 6 matches.

    My first reaction was that of anger. How could a player like Rahul Dravid be treated that way? My colleague A R Hemant has summed up just why we all were aghast at the decision.

    The other issue that I couldn’t get my head around was why Rahul agreed to be part of the team. Knowing the kind of cricketer and person he is, it just seemed impossible that he would be happy making a comeback into the ODI team after all these years and

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  • Dravid announces retirement from ODI and T20 cricket

    Less than 12 hours after earning a shock recall to India’s ODI squad, Rahul Dravid announced his retirement from one-day and T20 cricket at the end of the England tour.

    Dravid made the announcement after India’s practice game against Northamptonshire.

    “I am honoured and privileged to be selected for the one-day team,” Dravid said.

    “Since I had not been picked for one-day cricket for the last two years, I was obviously a little surprised and to be honest, because I had not been picked, I had not informed the selectors or the board of my desire to solely focus on Test cricket.”

    “At the end of this one-day series, I would like to announce my retirement from one-day and Twenty20 cricket and concentrate only on Test cricket. I am committed, as always to give my best to India in this one-day series and obviously the Test series that follows.”

    "In the short term I am committed because now I have been picked for the series, but in the long term I think it is best for me and Indian cricket

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