The third Test match between New Zealand and Bangladesh has been called off after the Bangladesh cricketers had a narrow escape following New Zealand mosque shooting.
Bangladesh team is in New Zealand currently to play three-match ODI series and three-match test series. New Zealand are already leading the series 2-0 with the third test match scheduled to be held from 16th March, Saturday.
The players went to the mosque to offer their prayer at Christchurch Mosque near the venue of the third test match, Hagley Oval. They were in the bus when they heard gunshots. The players decided to leave the bus and went directly to the cricket ground to eventually lock themselves inside the dressing room.
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New Zealand cricket board addressed the issue on their social media account post the New Zealand mosque shooting,
“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 local media between nine and 27 people were killed. But the exact numbers were not confirmed.
Bangladesh Cricketers To Return Home
After a few hours of the incident, the Bangladesh cricket board tweeted,
“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.”
Bangladesh Cricket Board spokesman Jalal Yunus confirmed the team is safe but “mentally shocked”. The Bangladesh players are not in a condition to play the next test match and want to return home as soon as possible.
New Zealand cricket board after discussion with the Bangladesh cricket board disclosed that they had to cancel the test match due to the New Zealand mosque shooting. 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 .”