The match between New Zealand and Bangladesh which was scheduled to start on Saturday at Hagley Oval in Christchurch has been canceled due to Christchurch Mosque Shooting on Friday.
New Zealand Cricket declared it through their official Twitter handle that “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.”
An official statement was also released by the ICC informing that the third and final Test match was canceled. Chief Executive David Richardson said, “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.”
Jalal Yunus, the spokesman of Bangladesh Cricket Board said that most of the members of the team were about to go inside the mosque in Christchurch when the incident happened.
“They are safe. But they are mentally shocked. We have asked the team to stay confined in the hotel,” he added.
Opening batsman Tamim Iqbal Tweeted, “Entire team got saved from active shooters!!! Frightening experience and please keep us in your prayers.”
“We r extremely lucky…never want to see these things happen again….pray for us,” he wrote.
Shrinivas Chandrasekaran posted saying, “Just escaped active shooters!!! Heartbeats pumping badly and panic everywhere!!”