Prime News, International Sport, Cricket, Dhaka/Christchurch, March 16:- Bangladesh cricket team’s tour of New Zealand has been called off following an attack on two Christchurch mosques which, police said, involved “multiple fatalities.” The Bangladesh team, which was about to enter the mosque to offer prayers, escaped unscathed. But New Zealand Cricket (NZC) and Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) in a joint statement said that they are calling off the third and final Test match, which starts on Saturday. The match was the tour finale for the visitors. “We are shocked and appalled, as I’m sure all New Zealanders. I have spoken to my counterpart in Bangladesh and we both agree that it’s inappropriate to play cricket at this time. 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,” NZC chief David White told TVNZ. The International Cricket Council (ICC) released a statement supporting the call to call off the tour. “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,” ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said. The Bangladesh players were on their way to the mosque for Friday prayers on March 15 and narrowly avoided the shooting, before escaping to the nearby Hadley Oval. Jalal Yunus, a spokesperson for the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), was quoted by AFP that most of the team had gone to the mosque by bus and were about to get inside when the shooting took place. “They are safe, but they are mentally shocked. We have asked the team to stay confined in the hotel,” he said. Tamin Iqbal, the Bangladesh opener, wrote on Twitter: “Entire team got saved from active shooters!!! Frightening experience and please keep us in your prayers #christchurchMosqueAttack.” (Inputs: Agencies, NGB) Leave a Reply comments

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