Bangladesh 3rd Test cancelled after team flees New Zealand mosque shooting

Minnie Murray
March 17, 2019

The Test was due to start at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Saturday, but the Bangladesh team left New Zealand less than 24 hours after the shooting and about an hour after the initial scheduled start time.

A high official of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) insisted that the cricketing nations should rethink about the security strategy for the visiting country in the wake of the terrorist attack in two Mosques of Christchurch in New Zealand.

One witness told he was praying in the Deans Ave mosque when he heard shooting and saw his wife lying dead on the footpath outside when he fled. Once at the Hagley Oval, they were housed in a dressing room at the ground before leaving for the team hotel.

Saturday's Third and final test match between Bangladesh and New Zealand has been canceled.

Bangladesh opening batsman Tamim Iqbal said it would be hard for the national cricket team to overcome the shock of narrowly escaping the shooting.

Mushfiqur Rahim posted: "Alhamdulillah Allah save us today while shooting in Christchurch in the mosque ... we r extremely lucky ... never want to see this things happen again ... pray for us".

"The Bangladesh Cricket Board [BCB] is in constant contact with the players and team management".

A video from ESPNCricinfo reporter Mohammad Isam showed the team looking visibly shaken as they rushed through Hagley Park to get away from the scene of the incident. "I just hope after returning home we can overcome it with the passing of time", Tamim said. In fact, the players were very close to the place of action when the shootings went on. "The Bangladesh cricket team is our national asset", he said.

Meanwhile, New Zealand Police has taken four people in custody; one woman, three men as suspects of shooting.

David Richardson, the chief executive of the International Cricket Council, said in a statement: "Our thoughts and honest condolences go out to the families and friends of those affected by this horrendous incident in Christchurch".

The Bangladesh cricket team were lucky to escape unharmed this morning having been in attendance at the mosque where a gunman opened fire in New Zealand this morning.

Bangladesh cricketer Tamim Iqbal labeled the incident as a "frightening" experience on Twitter.

Cricket-mad fans from Pakistan have furiously been using Twitter to ask if the International Cricket Council (ICC) will ban International cricket in New Zealand after the Christchurch terror attack on Friday.In 2009, Sri Lanka team was attacked during their tour of Pakistan. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has called it New Zealand's "darkest day". "I'm sure all of New Zealand will take a look at their approach", he added. "I spoke to one of them shortly after (the incident)", Mario Villavarayen, the team's strength and conditioning coach told New Zealand Herald.

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