New Delhi, March 15: The third Test match between New Zealand and Bangladesh in Christchurch has been called off on Friday after gunmen attacked two mosques in the city.
The decision took place after discussions between New Zealand Cricket (NZC) and the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).
“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,” NZC said in a tweet.
David Richardson, CEO of the International Cricket Council (ICC), also issued a statement on the incident.
“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.”
The Bangladesh team had a narrow escape today morning as they were in the vicinity of one of the two mosques where the shootings occurred.
Follwing this, the players informed fans and family that they were safe on social media.