The International Cricket Council (ICC), Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and Cricket South Africa (CSA) have released statements following the tragic mass shooting at a mosque in Christchurch.
‘We extend our condolences and concerns to all those affected by this tragedy,’ commented CSA chief executive Thabang Moroe. ‘We are relieved to hear that the players and support staff of both Bangladesh and New Zealand, as well as the ICC match officials, are all safe.’
Our heartfelt condolences go out to the families and friends of those affected by the shocking situation in Christchurch. A joint decision between NZC and the @BCBtigers has been made to cancel the Hagley Oval Test. Again both teams and support staff groups are safe.
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) March 15, 2019
The ICC chief executive, David Richardson, also shared his condolences with those involved. The former Proteas wicketkeeper added, ‘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 Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is shocked and deeply saddened by today’s dreadful attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.https://t.co/PNtkitcMlV
— Bangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) March 15, 2019
The Bangladesh Cricket Board released a statement late on Friday confirming that the team’s immediate return to Dhaka is a matter of priority. New Zealand Cricket assisted in arranging for the visitors to return home on Saturday at 10:40pm BST (6:40pm SAST).
‘The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is shocked and deeply saddened by today’s dreadful attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Our heartfelt sympathies to the families of the victims and our thoughts are with them at this time of grave tragedy. The BCB wishes speedy recovery for those who have been injured.’
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