On Air: PETE EGERTON

The Feeling: Fill My Little WorldiTunesAmazon

The Feeling: Fill My Little WorldiTunesAmazon

Christchurch mosque shootings narrowly avoided by Bangladesh team, New Zealand Test cancelled

Christchurch mosque shootings narrowly avoided by Bangladesh team, New Zealand Test cancelled

Published at 6:05am 15th March 2019. (Updated at 10:20am 15th March 2019)

The Bangladesh cricket team narrowly avoided the Christchurch mosque shootings before the third Test against New Zealand, which has been cancelled.

Jalal Yunus, a spokesperson for the Bangladesh Cricket Board, told AFP most of the team had gone to the mosque by bus and were about to go inside when the shooting took place.

He said: "They are safe, but they are mentally shocked. We have asked the team to stay confined in the hotel."

Tamin Iqbal, the Bangladesh opener, said on Twitter following the attack: "Entire team got saved from active shooters!!! Frightening experience and please keep us in your prayers #christchurchMosqueAttack."

Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, has confirmed that 49 people were killed during the attacks on Friday.

Two mosques were targeted, with the deadliest attack taking place at the Al Noor mosque in the city centre, which the Bangladesh team were planning to attend.

Three men and one woman were held in custody following the attacks, while a number of improvised explosive devices strapped to vehicles have been made safe by police. One male has since been charged with murder.

The New Zealand cricket team confirmed members of both sides were safe, saying on Twitter: "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."

The third Test was due to begin on Saturday morning (Christchurch time) at the Hagley Oval, with New Zealand already 2-0 up in the three-Test series.

David White, the chief executive of New Zealand Cricket [NZC], told TVNZ: "I spoke to my counterpart in Bangladesh and we agree it's inappropriate to play cricket at this time. It's quite unbelievable really. We are shocked."

NZC added arrangements are being made for Bangladesh to return home as soon as possible.

The Federation of International Cricketers' Associations [FICA], a body which acts on behalf of players, said in a statement following the attack: "FICA has been in contact with the New Zealand Cricket Players' Association and Cricketers' Welfare Association of Bangladesh.

"Full support has been offered to the Bangladesh players and the touring squad on the ground."

Email Icon

Sign up for exclusive news, competitions and offers.
Proper Local News updates from Stray FM

Newer article

Champions League draw and reaction - watch on Sky Sports News

Sport: Four Premier League sides will discover their Champions League quarter-final fate this morning - join us live on Sky Sports News for the draw and studio reaction.

Older article

Kawhi Leonard scores 25 points to lead Toronto Raptors past LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers

Sport: Kawhi Leonard scored 25 points to lead the Toronto Raptors to victory against LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Top articles

International honours for Harrogate Town player

Sport: Nuno Pereira has been called up to represent his country.

Bank of England says 'nature' of Brexit will guide path for economy

National: Bank of England rate-setters have used their final meeting before the scheduled Brexit deadline to warn on the "nature" of the UK's departure from the EU.

Trump under fire over 'bizarre' John McCain funeral comments

World: Donald Trump has come under fire from his own party after unleashing a bizarre tirade against the late Republican Senator John McCain.

Real Madrid target West Ham's Felipe Anderson if Chelsea won't sell Eden Hazard

Sport: Real Madrid are planning a move for West Ham’s Felipe Anderson, should the Spanish side fail to land their number one transfer target Eden Hazard.

As Potter tour expands, Warwick Davis reflects on playing goblin banker

Showbiz: Warwick Davis says being a non-able bodied actor has pushed him to strive harder in his career.

Go GREEN with your business!

Business: Help the environment during Stray FM's Green Month!

Strictly Come Dancing stars visit North Yorkshire school

Education: And one student gets the dance of her life.

WATCH: 43 Minutes of Queen in the 70s

70s: The band's team have put together highlights of the their early career including some iconic performances.

Top Party Dresses for the Festive Season

Christmas: Local Blogger, the Harrogate Girl, picks the best frocks, gowns and outfits for the big Christmas parties of 2017.

"It's a fantastic place": Harrogate cancer centre celebrates major milestone

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: The Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre at Harrogate District Hospital is marking its five year anniversary.

"This will make my kids' Christmas"

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: Stray FM and Slingsby Gin offer a little light to a family who've had a tough year just before Christmas

Delve into deliciousness at Mother Shiptons Inn

Test pages: We sent Stray FM's James Stanley to try out the new menu at Mother Shipton's Inn Knaresborough.

UPDATE: Driver cut free following crash on the A65

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: It's believed three cars have collided at Hellifield.

LIVE: Stage 4 of the Tour de Yorkshire

Sport: The Final stage of the Tour de Yorkshire is on today today, passing through Otley, Blubberhouses, Pateley Bridge and Skipton.

Tour de Yorkshire host venues confirmed

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: There'll be no re-run of this year's memorable Tour de France stage finish in Harrogate.

North Yorkshire districts among best places to live in UK

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: Three parts of North Yorkshire have been named in the top ten places to live in the UK.

Sky News LogoThis article © Sky News.

Poll

It's Green Month on Stray FM - how important is being green to you?

Trending in Yorkshire

International honours for Harrogate Town player

Nuno Pereira has been called up to represent his country.

Dangerous handheld phone use at the wheel "rockets" according to RAC

More than one in five motorists in Yorkshire admit to driving while using their phones.

New sites approved for housing developments around Harrogate

The council wants to build social housing.

Police appeal to find family of Ilkley man

Officers want to find the relatives of 74-year-old John Michael Evans, who died at his home.

More news...