XtraTime Web Desk: The third Test match between New Zealand and Bangladesh in Christchurch has been called due to a devastating shooting took place at a nearby mosque on Friday.
Most of Bangladesh team members were heading towards the mosque in Christchurch and they were about to get into it and suddenly the firing took place. New Zealand cricket board tweeted that the match has been called off and all the members of both cricket teams are safe.
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.
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) March 15, 2019
The team had just arrived at the Al Noor Mosque for Friday prayer when a gunman opened fire, with video showing several Bangladeshi players and media escaping the scene.
Bangladesh team escaped from a mosque near Hagley Park where there were active shooters. They ran back through Hagley Park back to the Oval. pic.twitter.com/VtkqSrljjV
— Mohammad Isam (@Isam84) March 15, 2019
New Zealand Cricket CEO David White confirmed that the third test has been called off as a result of the attack.
“On behalf of NZC – heartfelt condolences to those affected.
“We’ve cancelled the game. I’ve spoken to my counterpart at Bangladesh cricket – we agree it’s inappropriate to play cricket at this time.”
White said New Zealand Cricket were shocked and appalled by what had unfolded.
“Both teams are deeply affected.
“As a country we’ll have to look at [security of visiting teams]. It seemed to be a safe haven. I’m sure all of New Zealand will take a look at their approach.”