New Zealand, Bangladesh test match called off after terrorist attack
CHRISTCHURCH: New Zealand and Bangladesh cancelled Third Test after multiple people were killed in gun attacks on mosques in Christchurch, including one that was attended by Bangladeshi team.
Multiple fatalities were inflicted at two mosques in Christchurch, when at least one gunman opened fire on worshippers, with Bangladeshi cricket team narrowly escaping danger.
New Zealand Cricket Board confirmed news of Test match being called off on Twitter, “Our heartfelt condolences go out to the families and friends of those affected by the shocking situation in Christchurch. A joint decision between NZC and the BCB has been made to cancel the Hagley Oval Test. Again both teams and support staff groups are safe.”
Bangladesh Cricket Board confirmed that all members of team present at site of shooting were safely back at hotel.
“All members of Bangladesh Cricket Team in Christchurch, are safely back in the hotel following the incident of shooting in the city. Bangladesh Cricket Board is in constant contact with the players and team management,” the Bangladesh Cricket Board tweeted.
Bangladesh cricket team is in Christchurch to play New Zealand in a third cricket Test starting on Saturday.
“They were on the bus, which was just pulling up to the mosque when the shooting begun,” Mario Villavarayen, strength and conditioning coach of the Bangladesh cricket team, told Reuters in a message. “They are shaken but good.”
Bangladeshi cricketer Tamim Iqbal Khan said on Twitter: “Entire team got saved from active shooters!!!”
“Frightening experience and please keep us in your prayers,” he added.