Bangladesh cricketers narrowly avoid New Zealand mosque shootings
"Just escaped active shooters. Heartbeats pumping badly and panic everywhere," a team official said.
From left, Ariful Haque, lMushfiqur Rahim, Liton Das, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mustafizur Rahman, Tamim Iqbal and Mahmudullah of Bangladesh during a match between West Indies and Bangladesh at Warner Park, Basseterre, St. Kitts, on July 31, 2018.Randy Brooks / AFP - Getty Images file
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The team decided to cut short its tour of New Zealand, canceling matches to go home.
"On behalf of New Zealand Cricket heartfelt condolences to those affected," New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White said. "I've spoken to my counterpart at Bangladesh cricket — we agree it's inappropriate to play cricket at this time. Both teams are deeply affected."
International Cricket Council chief executive David Richardson said the sport's governing body "fully supports the decision to cancel the test match."
"Our thoughts and sincere condolences go out to the families and friends of those affected by this horrendous incident in Christchurch," Richardson said. "Both teams, staff and match officials are safe."
The Bangladesh players are expected to leave New Zealand on Saturday.