The third test between Bangladesh and NewZealand has been called off following the terrorist attacks on two Christchurch mosques, which police said involved “multiple fatalities”. The Bangladeshi squad were on their way to offer their Friday prayers when the attack happened. There were no injuries to the players but they have been locked inside their hotel rooms following the incident.
NZC CEO David White said.”We are shocked and appalled as I am sure all New Zealanders are. We are offering support to all those within the teams affected by the situation and are continuing to take advice from authorities on the ground.”
The honourable Prime Minister of NewZealand Ardern issued a statement following the attack “There is no place in New Zealand for such acts of extreme and unprecedented violence, which it is clear this act was. This is significant and I can tell you now this is and will be one of New Zealand’s darkest days. I would describe it as an unprecedented act of violence, an act that has absolutely no place in New Zealand. This is not who we are. Certainly, it has occurred at a place where people should have been expressing their religious freedom, where they should have been in a safe environment, and they have not been today. There is no place in New Zealand for such extreme acts of unprecedented violence. The people who were the subject of this attack today, New Zealand is their home, they should be safe here. The person who has perpetuated this violent act against them, they have no place in New Zealand society”.
Bangladeshi Cricket team manager Khaled Masud said that all the players are safe following the attacks but they are planning and arrangements are being made to take the Bangladeshi Team home as soon as possible.
Bangladesh Team Manager Khaled Mashud Pilot speaks to the media following the incident of shooting in Christchurch. pic.twitter.com/DDKcC3tPkO
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