Christchurch: The Bangladesh cricket team tour to New Zealand was on Friday called off following the brutal attack on a mosque that left several people dead and injured.
According to reports the Bangladesh team was about to enter the mosque to offer prayers but were left unscathed. The prevailing situation led to the authorities calling off the third and final Test match.
The match was scheduled at the Hagley Oval starting on Saturday.
Reports said the team was on their way to the mosque for Friday prayers at the time of the attack. But, they escaped to the nearby Hagley Oval.
Senior opener Tamim Iqbal of Bangladesh team has tweeted the players are currently in lockdown at their team hotel. The entire team got saved from active shooters.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden termed the shooting as “one of New Zealand’s darkest days”.
Arden issued a strong statement condemning the attack.
The Bangladeshi players were initially barred from leaving the bus but, after several minutes, disembarked and made their way through to the Hagley Park ground.