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ICC supports cancellation of the BAN vs NZ Test after Christchurch shooting incident

New Zealand Cricket Chief Executive Officer David White was shocked and ensured that they are doing all possible to support those affected by the incident.

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Friday, March 15 arrived with a piece of gruesome news as reports of a shooting incident appeared from Christchurch, New Zealand. It attracted immediate attention as the shooting sights were Mosques in the middle of the city. The international community, as well as the cricketing fraternity, took notice as the Bangladesh cricket team was also present there. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has also responded to the incident.

The Bangladeshi cricketers were just about to get down from their team bus and go for prayers inside the Mosque on a Friday. They heard shots being fired and the team was taken back to the hotel. Fortunately, none of them was hurt but a lot of people were unfortunately trapped in there with the shooter who hurt more than 50 people and as per reports 49 have been declared dead.

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ICC statement on the shooting

As a result, the third Test match between New Zealand and Bangladesh that had to kick-off today was called off. ICC CEO, Dave Richardson also expressed condolences to those who were affected by this incident. He clarified that both the teams as well as the support staff were safe and that they support the decision to cancel the match.

“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,” Richardson said in an ICC Media release.

NZC shocked

New Zealand Cricket Chief Executive Officer David White was shocked and ensured that they are doing all possible to support those affected by the incident.

“We are shocked and appalled as I am sure all New Zealanders are,” said NZC CEO David White. “We are offering support to all those within the teams affected by the situation and are continuing to take advice from authorities on the ground,” he added.

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