Christchurch mass shooting: Third Test between NZ and Bangladesh cancelled
The third Test between New Zealand and Bangladesh has been cancelled after more than 40 people were killed when gunmen opened fire on two mosques in Christchurch on Friday. The third Test was scheduled for a start on Saturday. The shooting incident took place at the Al Noor mosque on Deans Avenue and Linwood Masjid. Here is more.
The Bangladesh cricket team narrowly avoided a shooting at a mosque in Christchurch. Spokesperson for the Bangladesh Cricket Board, Jalal Yunus, said to the AFP, "They are safe, but they are mentally shocked. We have asked the team to stay confined in the hotel." Many players had gone to the mosque by bus and were about to go inside when the incident happened.
The Black Caps confirmed that both groups of players and support staff are all safe and secure. NZC extended its condolences to the families and friends of those affected by the shocking incident that occurred today. Meanwhile, arrangements are being made for the Bangladeshi team to return home as quickly as possible. Earlier, New Zealand sealed the Test series 2-0.
"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," said NZC CEO David White.
Entire team got saved from active shooters!!! Frightening experience and please keep us in your prayers #christchurchMosqueAttack— Tamim Iqbal Khan (@TamimOfficial28) March 15, 2019
New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush has said that four people have been taken into custody (three men and one woman). Police cannot assume that there are no other suspects at large. Meanwhile, multiple explosive devices were attached to vehicles as part of the attack. "We are unsure if there are any other locations outside of that area that are under threat," said Bush.
On March 3, 2009, there was a ghastly attack when a bus carrying Sri Lankan cricketers, was fired upon by 12 gunmen near the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, Pakistan. The Lankan players were on their way to play the third day of the second Test. Six members of the Lankan cricket team were wounded. The Test match was quickly called off.