The Bangladesh cricket team has left New Zealand for Dhaka after the cancellation of Bangladesh-New Zealand Test match following terror attacks at two mosques in Christchurch. Confirming the matter, Deputy High Commissioner of Bangladesh Mission in Australia Tareq Ahmed said the tigers left New Zealand around 5am on Saturday (Bangladesh Time). He said: “The cricketers will reach Dhaka in due time via Singapore.” The cricket team is expected to arrive at Dhaka airport around 10:40pm.
The urgent decision to bring back the Bangladesh cricket team was taken after gunmen carried out terrorist attacks in two mosques in New Zealand’s Christchurch that killed 49 people, including three Bangladeshis. According to Bangladesh team members, a group had decided to go to Masjid Al Noor mosque at 1:30pm New Zealand time, a few blocks away from the stadium. However, the scheduled time was delayed by around seven minutes due to a pre-match press conference of interim Bangladesh Test captain Mahmudullah.
The Bangladeshi players escaped unhurt but the incident left the players in distraught state, said Masud. In the wake of the situation, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and New Zealand Cricket (NZC) jointly decided to cancel the third and final Test, slated to begin Saturday.