Christchurch Shooting: New Zealand, Bangladesh Third Test Called Off

Updated: 15 March 2019 12:43 IST

Christchurch Shooting: Bangladesh's cricket team escaped unscathed after the deadly shooting at a mosque in New Zealand.

Christchurch Shooting: New Zealand, Bangladesh Third Test Called Off
New Zealand Mosque Shooting: Bangladesh Cricket confirmed that all their team members are safe. © AFP

The third Test match between New Zealand and Bangladesh that was scheduled to begin on Saturday at Hagley Oval in Christchurch has been called off after a shooting at a nearby mosque on Friday. New Zealand Cricket made the announcement through their official Twitter handle. "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," the Black Caps tweeted.

Bangladesh's cricket team escaped unscathed the deadly shooting at a mosque in New Zealand.

The ICC also released on official statement after the third and final Test match was cancelled. "Our thoughts and sincere condolences go out to the families and friends of those affected by this horrendous incident in Christchurch. Both teams, staff and match officials are safe and the ICC fully supports the decision to cancel the Test match," Chief Executive David Richardson said in the statement.

Bangladesh Cricket Board spokesman Jalal Yunus said most of the team were bussed to the mosque in Christchurch and were about to go inside for Friday prayers when the incident happened.

"They are safe. But they are mentally shocked. We have asked the team to stay confined in the hotel," he told AFP.

Opening batsman Tamim Iqbal wrote on Twitter: "Entire team got saved from active shooters!!! Frightening experience and please keep us in your prayers."

Local media said multiple people were killed in the incident.

"Alhamdulillah Allah save us today while shooting in Christchurch in the mosque," tweeted another player, Mushfiqur Rahim.

"We r extremely lucky...never want to see this things happen again....pray for us."

Shrinivas Chandrasekaran, the team's high performance analyst, posted: "Just escaped active shooters!!! Heartbeats pumping badly and panic everywhere!!"

Mazhar Uddin, a reporter for Bangladesh's Daily Star who is travelling with the team, said they were told a shooting was going on when they arrived at Christchurch's Masjid Al Noor.

"The distraught Bangladesh players got inside a bus and laid down on the floor after the warning," he reported.

(With AFP Inputs)

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Highlights
  • Bangladesh team had arrived at the Al Noor Mosque for Friday prayers
  • The shooting happened just minutes away from Hagley Oval
  • The Bangladesh cricket team narrowly avoided the incident
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