The third test match between New Zealand and Bangladesh scheduled to begin on Saturday has been cancelled after the mass shootings at mosques in Christchurch including one in which Bangladesh cricket team had a narrow escape.
“A joint decision has been taken by NZC and the BCB to cancel the third Test match due to start tomorrow at Hagley Oval. Both groups of players and support staff are safe and secure,” New Zealand team said.
NZC would like to extend its heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of those affected by the shocking situation in Christchurch.
It further said, “arrangements are being made for the return of the Bangladesh team home as soon as possible.”
“A decision has also been made to cancel the two remaining fixtures between the New Zealand Development team and Australia’s U19 women’s team that were due to take place over the weekend at Lincoln’s Bert Sutcliffe Oval,” it said.
“We are shocked and appalled as I am sure all New Zealanders are,” said NZC CEO David White.
“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,” he added.