Dubai, The third Test match between New Zealand and Bangladesh that was scheduled to begin Friday has been called off following a shooting attack in Christchurch.
The decision to call off the match has been supported by David Richardson, the ICC chief executive. Mr Richardson said “Our thoughts and sincere condolences go out to the families and friends of those affected by this horrendous incident in Christchurch.”
“Both teams, staff and match officials are safe and the ICC fully supports the decision to cancel the Test match,” the ICC chief executive said in a statement.
Meanwhile, New Zealand Cricket confirmed 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,” David White, the chief executive officer, said. “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.”
“Both teams are deeply affected,” White said. “As a country, we’ll have to look at security of visiting teams. It seemed to be a safe haven. I’m sure all of New Zealand will take a look at their approach.”