Many dead in New Zealand mosque shooting

Sherman Parsons
March 21, 2019

"All members of the Bangladesh Cricket Team in Christchurch, New Zealand are safely back in the hotel following the incident of shooting in the city", they said.

New Zealand internationals Martin Guptill and Lockie Ferguson, who play first class cricket for Auckland, also withdrew from their team's match with Otago in Dunedin. In the attack on Al Noor mosque at Dean's Road, 30 people were martyred and in the Linwood Islamic Centre, Linwood Avenue, 10 people were martyred. "I don't think anyone ... in this country, would say that rugby was the most important thing".

Bangladesh opening batsman Tamim Iqbal.

International Cricket in New Zealand is scheduled to resume when England visit the country for Tests and T20Is in October.

After arrival skipper Mahmudllah Riyad said, "The only thing I can say that we are very lucky".

"It has always been the case that we've had to make sure that we keep security absolutely priority, not only for the players but also for the visiting media, fans, spectators and everyone who attends the event", Richardson was quoted as saying by cricket website Cricinfo.

New Zealand Cricket CEO David White has announced that the game between New Zealand and Bangladesh had been called off as a result of the attacks. On Tuesday, New Zealand defeated Bangladesh by an innings and 112 runs in Wellington Test.

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According to the sources, the terrorist attacked two mosques on different locations in the Christchurch area.

"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".

Leading New Zealand players voiced their shock at what took place with captain Kane Williamson posting in Instagram: "Like the rest of New Zealand, I am struggling to understand what has happened today".

"This is shocking. This will change the entire fabric of worldwide sports hosting".

Pakistan Embassy in New Zealand is continuously in contact with the local administration. Australia's cricket team cancelled a tour in Bangladesh in 2015, citing a lack of security, while the Australian Under-19 cricket team skipped ICC Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh in 2016 on the same ground. In 2002 a scheduled test between Pakistan and New Zealand in Karachi was cancelled after a terrorist bombing close to the visitors' team hotel.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board said it expected the team to arrive late Saturday in Dhaka.

He added: "When we realised that the shooters could have inflicted more damage if they had found us inside the bus all at once, we took a collective decision to escape through the back gate".

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