"World Is In Bad Place": Sports Fraternity Reacts To Christchurch Shooting

Updated: 15 March 2019 13:48 IST

Christchurch mosque shooting: Jimmy Neesham said he would never have thought that such an incident could come to pass in idyllic New Zealand.

"World Is In Bad Place": Sports Fraternity Reacts To Christchurch Shooting
The 3rd Test has been cancelled and the Bangladesh team is expected to announce it will go back home © AFP

Reports of mass shootings in mosques in Christchurch in New Zealand on Friday morning, where the visiting Bangladesh cricket team had a close shave, has rocked the world of sports. The 3rd Test between New Zealand and Bangladesh, which was scheduled to start on Saturday morning at the Hagley Oval, not far from the site of the attack, has been cancelled and the visitors are expected to head back home. 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.

The incident has drawn condemnation from all quarters. New Zealand cricketer Jimmy Neesham, voicing what many around the world have been feeling since news of the attack broke, has said he would never have thought that such an incident could come to pass in idyllic New Zealand.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ahern has described the terrorist attack as 'one of New Zealand's darkest days'.

New Zealand won the ODI series between the two teams and were leading the three-match Test series 2-0.

(With inputs from AFP)

Highlights
  • The third Test, scheduled to start tomorrow, has been called off
  • The Bangladesh team is expected to head back home
  • The visiting team was dangerously close to the site of the shooting
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