New Zealand Cancel Their U-19 Tour to Bangladesh
New Zealand has cancelled the Under 19 tour of Bangladesh after mutual agreement between both the boards. Both the boards are of the opinion that age group team travelling to Bangladesh following the Christchurch shooting where the Bangladesh cricketers were saved marginally might be insensitive and inappropriate.
The Kiwis were slated to tour Bangladesh for a 5 match youth ODI series that was slated to begin from 16th April. A day before the tour was officially postponed but it was now announced that the tour has been called off totally. The cricketers are actually still recovering from the trauma of the attack which killed several people of Christchurch.
NZ Cricket chairman Greg Barclay, in a statement on Monday (April 1) said: “We have conveyed our deep sense of regret over the circumstances leading to this mutual decision, and the BCB have been both understanding and generous in response.
“NZC have nothing but respect for the BCB and believe this development has only served to bring our countries closer together and to strengthen our bond through cricket. In reply, the BCB has expressed ‘solidarity with NZC and the peace-loving people of New Zealand’.”
The chairman, however, stated that the countries will continue to play bilateral cricket across all events. It will start with Bangladesh U-19 team travelling to New Zealand this upcoming September.
It was one of the darkest days in New Zealand as it was the first terrorist attack in the country. The Bangladesh cricketers made desperate phone calls asking for help as they came within touching distance of the terror attack.
The Bangladesh cricketers were in their team bus when the shooting happened near Al Noor Mosque. It is a short walk from the Hagley Oval Cricket Ground when a terrorist started firing from open range and killed as many as 49 people.
The players hid on the team bus as they ran to safety across the Hagley Park. During the attack, Tamim Iqbal made two calls to ESPN Cricinfo journalist Mohammad Isam asking him to call the police.
“There’s shooting here, please help us,” he said to Isam. Iqbal later tweeted “entire team got saved from active shooters.”
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