Test Match Cancelled After Bangladesh Cricket Team's Narrow Mosque Shooting Escape
The entire touring Bangladesh cricket squad has narrowly escaped the tragic shooting at the Masjid Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch, and the team's Test match against new Zealand has been cancelled.
The Bangladesh team was on its way to train at Hagley Park, the venue for the the third Test of the series against New Zealand, which is is located directly adjacent to the Masjid Al Noor Mosque.
After hearing reports of shots, players were initially barred from leaving the bus but, after several minutes were allowed off. They then ran through Hagley Park to the ground.
They are now in lockdown in their dressing room.
Leading cricket site ESPNcricinfo reports that the Bangladesh players then urged passers-by who may ave been unaware what was happening not to go towards Deans Avenue, where the mosque is located.
Ninety percent of Bangladeshis are Muslim, however it is not yet confirmed whether the Bangladeshi players visited the mosque.
The Test between New Zealand and Bangladesh was scheduled to begin tomorrow, but has now been cancelled, with the Kiwis leading the series 2-0.
Meanwhile, people in Christchurch have been urged to stay indoors.
At least one gunman opened fire at the Masjid Al Noor at about 1.40 pm on Friday during afternoon prayer, when a reported 300 people were in attendance.
The number of casualties is not yet confirmed.
More to come.