Hagley Oval Test called off after Christchurch mosque shooting

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The third Test between , scheduled to be played on March 16 at the Hagley Oval, has been cancelled as a result of the mosque shootings in Christchurch.

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Players from the Bangladesh team narrowly had escaped the shooting incident at the Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch before they safely made it back to their hotel.

There have been reports of multiple deaths following a shooting at a mosque in Christchurch, an incident that prompted New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to term it one of New Zealand’s darkest days. A few members of the Bangladesh team were on their way to the mosque as the incident occurred.

The players returned unscathed, but were mentally scarred with Mushfiqur Rahim and Tamim Iqbal taking to twitter to express their shock and asking followers to pray for their safety.

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The BCB and NZC in a joint decision decided to call off the game at the Hagley Oval. “We are shocked and appalled, as I’m sure all New Zealanders,” NZC chief David White told TVNZ. “I have spoken to my counterpart in Bangladesh and we both we both agree that it’s inappropriate to play cricket at this time”

The decision brings to an end Bangladesh’s series in New Zealand, with the third Test scheduled to end a tour that saw them also play three ODIs.