Bangladesh tour of New Zealand called off after Christchurch mosque shooting
By Cricnwin Staff
Bangladesh cricketers narrowly escaped a shooting incident at a Christchurch mosque in which several people have been killed. As a result, the third Test between New Zealand and Bangladesh, scheduled to be held at the Hagley Oval from March 16-20, has been called off.
According to reports, a gunman opened fire at the mosque. Mohammed Jama, the former president of the Muslim Association of Canterbury, confirmed that a man with a gun had entered the mosque around 1.40 pm (New Zealand time).
ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent Mohammad Isam posted a video to Twitter, showing the players rushing through Hagley Park away from the mosque. The Bangladesh Cricket Board later tweeted confirming that all the members of the Bangladesh team were safely back in the hotel.
Bangladesh opening batsman Tamim Iqbal also took to Twitter, describing the experience as "frightening".
"Entire team got saved from active shooters!!! Frightening experience and please keep us in your prayers," Tamim wrote.
Mario Villavarayen, strength and conditioning coach of the Bangladesh cricket team said ‘the players were shaken up but fine’.
"The players are shaken up but fine. I spoke to one of them shortly after [the incident]. They didn't see anything but heard gunshots. They were at the ground [Hagley Oval] and just started running. The coaching staff were all at the hotel. The players just started running when they heard the shots," he said.
New Zealand Cricket (NZC) also confirmed that ‘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,” NZC tweeted.