The third Test match between New Zealand and Bangladesh has been canceled following a shooting at Christchurch Mosque. Bangladesh team is in New Zealand currently to play three-match ODI series and three-match test series. The third match was scheduled to be played from tomorrow but the visiting team had a narrow escape today from the attack.
Christchurch Mosque is near the venue of the third test match, Hagley Oval. The players went to the mosque to offer their prayer. They were I the bus when the mass shooting began. They were asked to not leave the bus after gunshots were heard. But the players were terrified and decided to leave the bus and headed towards the cricket ground where eventually they were locked inside the dressing room.
New Zealand cricket board took to their official Twitter handle to address the issue,
"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 @BCBtigers has been made to cancel the Hagley Oval Test. Again both teams and support staff groups are safe.” According to the Kiwi media between nine and 27 people were killed although the exact number could not be mentioned yet.
Bangladesh Cricketers Safe But Shaken
Post the incident the Bangladesh Cricket Board confirmed on social about the safety of Bangladesh team. "All members of the Bangladesh Cricket Team in Christchurch, are safely back in the hotel following the incident of shooting in the city. The Bangladesh Cricket Board is in constant contact with the players and team management.”
The Bangladesh players are reportedly not in a condition to play the test match tomorrow. Bangladesh Cricket Board spokesman Jalal Yunus confirmed the team is safe but “mentally shocked”. So New Zealand cricket board chose to cancel the test match after discussion with the Bangladesh cricket board. NZC Chief Executive David White told TVNZ., “I spoke to my counterpart in Bangladesh and we agree its inappropriate to play cricket at this time .”