Christchurch Shooting: New Zealand, Bangladesh Third Test Called Off

Christchurch Shooting: New Zealand, Bangladesh Third Test Called Off

Christchurch Shooting: New Zealand, Bangladesh Third Test Called Off

The Bangladesh team, which was about to enter the mosque to offer prayers, escaped unscathed but the prevailing situation led to the authorities calling off the third and final Test match starting Saturday.

Bangladesh cricketers were left shaken after they narrowly escaped the deadly mosque attacks in Christchurch yesterday that cut short their New Zealand tour and prompted an emotional response from top sportsmen, including rugby star Sonny Bill Williams.

WELLINGTON, March 16 (Reuters) - A raft of top class sporting events were cancelled in New Zealand on Saturday as a traumatised nation started burying the dead from the worst peacetime mass killing in its history.

"When any foreign team comes to our country, we always ensure proper security", Mr. Hassan said. Had we reached even three or four minutes earlier, we probably would have been inside the mosque.

Speaking after the attack the Bangladeshi cricket coach Mario Villavarayen said the players heard shots being fired when they fled the mosque. The bus was hardly 50 yards far from the mosque and players were anxious about their lives inside while thinking how they would safely get out of the vehicle.

Bangladesh was whitewashed by New Zealand in the three-match series of one-day internationals and also lost the first two tests. "I don't think anyone ... in this country, would say that rugby was the most important thing".

"The players and support staff are thanking us journalists for delaying their departure for the Mosque".

Mohammad Isam, the Bangladesh ESPN correspondent, said he was with the team at the time the attack happened. The next major tour New Zealand are set to host is when England visit for Tests and T20Is from late October with Christchurch expected to be one of the venues for the two Tests.

Opening batsman Tamim Iqbal wrote on Twitter: "Entire team got saved from active shooters!". "I have spoken to my counterpart in Bangladesh and we both agree that it's inappropriate to play cricket at this time".

Bangladesh's coach, former England wicketkeeper Steve Rhodes, said: "Obviously the whole experience has cut up the whole team and staff". I think the idea of New Zealand being a safe haven is gone now.

Seemingly to be the last player to get onboard the plane, Mushfiqur Rahim was interviewed by Xinhua News Agency.

New Zealand Police have stormed the area and are urging anyone in the area to stay indoors.

Team manager Khaled Mashud said the players had had a lucky escape.

Pakistan's Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari also suggested the world governing body, the International Cricket Council, should possibly take a harder line against hosting matches in New Zealand. "I'm sure all of New Zealand will take a look at their approach", he added.

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