Faf du Plessis takes to Twitter to express his grief over the Christchurch terror attack
Faf du Plessis also took to Twitter to express his grief.
Updated - Mar 15, 2019 6:21 pm
The second most peaceful country in the entire World was struck with terror on Friday, March 15, as armed gunmen attacked two venues in the afternoon killing over 49 people and wounding many. One of the venues facing the terror attack was a mosque situated at the Deans Avenue which is close to the hotel where the touring Bangladesh team was put up. The entire Cricket community across the globe has condemned the terror attacks. Faf du Plessis promoted “Love over hate” on Twitter.
As reported by the Bangladesh team, who were just “about 50 yards from the mosque” at the Deans Avenue, the mosque was blocked off by a police car, so the team got off in front of the Parkview Hotel. The team bus arrived near the venue of attack and that is when the players spotted a few police cars around, and a couple of ambulances. The players, who had just were supposed to visit the mosque at the time the shootings took place but were late to arrive. No cricketer’s life was lost.
Bangladesh were trailing 2-0 in the three-match Test series against New Zealand and were scheduled to play the final Test match on Saturday, March 16. “We are very lucky because we had a number of us, about 17 of us, in the bus. Soumya Sarkar was also there, and we were all heading to the mosque for prayers. We must have been about 50 yards from the mosque,” Khaled Mashud, the Bangladesh team manager, told reporters at the team hotel.
“It is natural to be affected. When you see something like a terror attack in front of you, and you see blood spilled in front of you, this will affect any human being. It wouldn’t have occurred to us then that we would be safe later. Some of the boys inside the bus were crying as well because they were all worried about how to get out of there,” Mashud said about the mental condition of the players post the incident.
Faf du Plessis condemns the terror attack at Christchurch
Consequently, the third and final Test match of the series was canceled following the incidents at Christchurch. Many cricketers all around the world have offered their condolences to the families of the victims on Twitter. Celebrities are spreading the #loveoverhate trend on social media. Meanwhile, the South African captain Faf du Plessis also took to Twitter to express his grief.
Here’s Faf’s tweet
Noooo man !!! So sad to see what’s happened in New Zealand .. Sending my love to everyone there in Christchurch and the families affected . #loveoverhate
— Faf Du Plessis (@faf1307) March 15, 2019