The third check match between New Zealand and Bangladesh scheduled to start Saturday has been cancelled after the Bangladesh cricket crew had a slim escape from a mass taking pictures at a mosque in Christchurch.
A New Zealand Cricket spokesman confirmed the cancellation two hours after the shootings on Friday.
Earlier, members of the Bangladesh cricket crew described on social media their slim escape from the mass taking pictures on New Zealand’s South Island.
Gamers and members of the crew’s teaching employees have been reportedly on their bus, approaching the Masjid Al Noor mosque in Hagley Park when the taking pictures broke out.
Opening batsman Tamim Iqbal tweeted “complete crew received saved from lively shooters. Scary expertise and please maintain us in your prayers.”
Efficiency analyst Shrinivas Chandrasekeran, additionally on Twitter, mentioned “Simply escaped lively shooters. Heartbeats pumping badly and panic in all places.”
Participant Mushfiqur Rahim posted “Alhamdulillah Allah save us at present whereas taking pictures in Christchurch within the mosque. We (have been) extraordinarily fortunate…by no means wish to see this issues occur once more….pray for us.”
Mario Villavarayen, a energy and conditioning coach with the crew, advised New Zealand media the gamers didn’t see the shooter however heard pictures. He mentioned they have been shaken however unharmed.
“I spoke to certainly one of them shortly after,” Vllavarayen mentioned. They didn’t see something however heard gunshots. They have been on the floor and simply began operating. The teaching employees have been all on the resort.”
New Zealand Cricket confirmed “that each groups and help employees teams are secure and accounted for.”
The Bangladesh crew is reported to have left the bus and fled on foot to close by Hagley Oval, the place it was scheduled to play New Zealand within the check match beginning on Saturday.
Mohammad Islam, a journalist travelling with the Bangladesh crew, earlier mentioned he believed the gamers would depart New Zealand as quickly as potential.
“I don’t they’re in a psychological state to play cricket in any respect,” he advised Fairfax Media. “I believe they wish to return residence as quickly as potential. I’m talking from expertise, I’m talking from what I’ve heard.”
Islam mentioned he was contacted by one of many gamers because the taking pictures was happening and he raced in the direction of the scene.
“It was very traumatic there and folks have been operating out from that mosque presumably and the Bangladesh gamers have been popping out,” he mentioned. “They’re in horrible and extreme psychological (misery), they’re not feeling effectively.
“They have been simply outdoors the mosque about to get off from the bus and go into the mosque after they heard taking pictures and lots of people operating out and so they noticed somebody wounded in entrance of them.
“And seeing that, they didn’t get off the bus. About 10 minutes later they ran out of the bus and ran by Hagley Park and into the Hagley Oval.”