NZ, Bangladesh Test cancelled after mosque attacks

Bangladesh cricket team forced to flee Christchurch Mosque after shooting incident

A high official of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) insisted that the cricketing nations should rethink about the security strategy for the visiting country in the wake of the terrorist attack in two Mosques of Christchurch in New Zealand.

New Zealand and Bangladesh on Friday cancelled the third Test after multiple people were killed in gun attacks on mosques in Christchurch, including one that was attended by the Bangladeshi team.

New Zealand won the first two games in the series. However, the team canceled the match and the tour immediately.

Apparently, the Bangladesh players emerged from the team bus and started "running" towards the Hagley Park which is adjacent to the Oval. White said, "They're shaken up all right.

The players were stranded on the bus and called for help", he said. "We have advised the players not to step out. It's not just here, wherever we go, we don't get that much security", Nazmul Hassan told reporters in Dhaka.

"I've been here three times, this is a really fantastic country, New Zealand people are very lovely, it's one of the best countries in the world I've seen in my career".

"We'll certainly be having to look at our security in depth. I couldn't put it into words how I'm feeling right now", said Williams, wiping away tears as he spoke.

"All of us in the team could not sleep properly".

As is the case for cricket teams that do not travel with their own dedicated security personnel - unlike England and Australia - the Bangladesh squad did not have security with them during their New Zealand tour.

"In future, whenever we send our cricket team overseas we will do that after examining and reviewing the security matters of the host countries", Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said Saturday, according to the state-run news agency BSS.

When the bus carrying some players and coaching staff arrived at the mosque, they heard but did not see the shootings, said Mohammad Isam, a journalist travelling with the Bangladesh team.

When he was asked whether or not there were any suspicions that the attacker was aware of the presence of the team there and even deliberately targeted them, Isam said that he did not think so.

Taking to Twitter, he said: "Entire team got saved from active shooters!".

"Frightening experience and please keep us in your prayers". "We are all so saddened by the bad tragedy in Christchurch, and out of respect, neither our players nor team management will comment further on the Plunket Shield championship until the completion of the final round".

"W$3 e r extremely lucky", Mushfiqur said.

New Zealand Police have stormed the area and are urging anyone in the area to stay indoors. "To our comfort, the cricket was not the target, I can't imagine and I don't want to imagine what would happen if the players came earlier and entered into the Mosque".

'We are shocked and appalled as I am sure all New Zealanders are.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board issued a statement saying it was shocked and deeply saddened by the shootings.

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