3rd Test Between New Zealand And Bangladesh Called Off Following Terror Attack
The third Test match between New Zealand and Bangladesh, that was to start on Saturday, has been called off following a terror attack in Christchurch.
At the time of the attack, the players of Bangladesh cricket team were on their way to the place of attack and did not leave the bus when they came to know about it, a report in ESPNcricinfo suggests.
Bangladesh team escaped from a mosque near Hagley Park where there were active shooters. They ran back through Hagley Park back to the Oval. pic.twitter.com/VtkqSrljjV
— Mohammad Isam (@Isam84) March 15, 2019
Later, all the players went back to the team hotel and are currently locked down in the hotel only. The coaching staff of the New Zealand cricket team was not with the players.
“There is no place in New Zealand for such acts of extreme and unprecedented violence, which it is clear this act was. This is significant and I can tell you now this is and will be one of New Zealand’s darkest days. I would describe it as an unprecedented act of violence, an act that has absolutely no place in New Zealand. This is not who we are,” New Zealand’s PM Jacinda Arden said.
After the attack, the BCB and New Zealand Cricket Board decided to forfeit the Tes match that was to be played at Hagley Oval, Christchurch.
New Zealand team had practised at the venue in the morning where it was confirmed that Kane Williamson will not be part of the playing XI as he recovers from an injury.
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
Tim Southee was to lead New Zealand for the first time in Test cricket while Will Young was to be handed his debut Test cap.
The third Test was also the final game of Bangladesh’s long tour of New Zealand, that started on February 10.
Visitors kicked off the tour of New Zealand with a three-match ODI series. Blackcaps won all the three ODIs.
The first Test kicked off on February 28, that home side won by an innings and 52 runs. Kane Williamson had scored a double-century in opening Test.
The second Test saw New Zealand creating history. The first two days of the Test were washed out and despite that, New Zealand won the game by an innings and 12 runs.
Ross Taylor was the star with the bat as he scored a double-century in the Test.
The third was a dead rubber considering the series was already sealed.
Bangladesh could have been without the services of Tamim Iqbal for the final game on the tour as he was also recovering from an injury.
The players of the Bangladesh cricket team are expected to return to the country soon.
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