In one of the most upsetting news coming from the field of cricket, the third Test match between New Zealand and Bangladesh has been canceled after a gunman targeted a mosque they had visited in Christchurch on Friday.
The cricket team of Bangladesh escaped the attack as their team bus was bussed to the mosque and were about to go inside when the incident happened. According to the media reports, the players were going inside the same mosque to attend the Friday prayers, which is situated near the Hagley Oval Stadium, where the game was to be played.
The news was confirmed by the Bangladesh Cricket Board and they tweeted, “All members of the Bangladesh Cricket Team in Christchurch, New Zealand are safely back in the hotel following the incident of shooting in the city. The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is in constant contact with the players and team management.”
All members of the Bangladesh Cricket Team in Christchurch, are safely back in the hotel following the incident of shooting in the city.
The New Zealand Cricket Board also gave condolences to the families and friends of those affected and confirmed that the cricket boards of both the countries have taken a decision to call off the third Test match in Christchurch.
Black Caps tweeted, “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 Bangla Tigers has been made to cancel the Hagley Oval test. Again both teams and support staff groups are safe."
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.
Multiple casualties have been reported by the Police but they haven’t confirmed about how many people have been affected due to the shooting.
The Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Arden issued a statement and termed the shooting as ‘one of New Zealand’s darkest days’.
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Sports Journalist by profession, a Cricket Fanatic by passion. Aayush Sharma has been following the game of cricket since childhood and considers Sachin Tendulkar as his idol. When in free time, he loves to read books or go out and play some gully cricket with friends. For him, Tennis ace Roger Federer and F1 Legend Michael Schumacher are the only sportspersons that reach the level of Tendulkar