Bangladesh cricket tour of New Zealand called off after Christchurch mosque shooting


Christchurch: In wake of the shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, the Bangladesh cricket tour of New Zealand has been called off on Friday. The test match at Hagley Oval for which the Bangladesh cricket team was in New Zealand, was scheduled to begin on Saturday.

At least 27 people were killed in shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday. Media reports suggest that at least 20 shots were fired and nearly 50 people have been injured.

The Bangladesh cricket team, which made a narrow escape, was present at the Hagley Park mosque when the incident took place.

Cricketer Tamim Iqbal Khan took to Twitter and said, “Entire team got saved from active shooters!!! Frightening experience and please keep us in your prayers #christchurchMosqueAttack”
Another player Mushfiqur Rahim tweeted, “Alhamdulillah Allah save us today while shooting in Christchurch in the mosque.”

Meanwhile, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern condemned the shooting and declared it as the darkest day.

“All members of the Bangladesh Cricket Team in Christchurch, are safely back in the hotel following the incident of shooting in the city. The Bangladesh Cricket Board is in constant contact with the players and team management,” read a tweet by Bangladesh Cricket.

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