3/15/2019 2:45:21 PM (GMT+3)

Bangladesh-New Zealand Test called off following terrorist attack

Bangladesh-New Zealand Test called off following terrorist attack

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand: The third Test between New Zealand and Bangladesh has been called off following a shooting attack here on Friday, the New Zealand Cricket (NZC) said in a statement.

The Christchurch Test was the third of the series. New Zealand won the first two Tests in Hamilton and Wellington.

NZC confirmed that the players and staff of both teams were “safe and accounted for” before they released an official statement confirming the abandonment of the Test.

“On behalf of NZC, heartfelt condolences to those affected,” said NZC chief executive officer David White. “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.”

India cricket captain Virat Kohli also shared his thoughts by tweeting, "Shocking and tragic. My heart goes out to the ones affected by this cowardly act at Christchurch. Thoughts with the Bangladesh team as well, stay safe."

The decision to call off the match has been supported by ICC.

“Our thoughts and sincere condolences go out to the families and friends of those affected by this horrendous incident in Christchurch,” said ICC chief executive David Richardson.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board also released a statement, confirming their players were back at the team hotel.“All members of the Bangladesh cricket team in Christchurch, New Zealand are safely back in the hotel following the incident of shooting in the city. The BCB is in constant contact with the players and team management and also with New Zealand cricket,” BCB tweeted. (Source: ICC)