Dhaka: 12:46 PM, Wed, 22 May, 2019

Third Test called off after attack in Christchurch

Mukul : risingbd.com
Publish on: 2019-03-15 2:23:29 PM     ||     Updated: 2019-03-15 9:05:37 PM

Sports Desk: The third and final Test between Bangladesh and New Zealand at Christchurch has been cancelled after scenes unfolded where a gunman opened fire inside a mosque in Christchurch, an incident which led to injuries and deaths.

The shooting happened just minutes away from Hagley Oval, where the test was set to be held, and the Bangladesh cricket team narrowly avoided the incident, having to flee the scene.

The team had just arrived at the Al Noor Mosque for Friday prayer when a gunman opened fire, with video showing several Bangladeshi players and media escaping the scene.

New Zealand Cricket CEO David White confirmed that the third test has been called off as a result of the attack.

"On behalf of NZC - heartfelt condolences to those affected.

"We've cancelled the game. I've spoken to my counterpart at Bangladesh cricket - we agree it's inappropriate to play cricket at this time."

White said New Zealand Cricket were shocked and appalled by what had unfolded, reports nzherald.co.nz.

"Both teams are deeply affected.

risingbd/Dhaka/March 15, 2019/Mukul