‘Shocking and tragic’: Virat Kohli condemns New Zealand mosque shooting
India skipper Virat Kohli tweeted that his heart goes out to the ones affected in the incident at Christchurch.Updated: Mar 15, 2019 16:54 IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
The Bangladesh cricket team’s tour of New Zealand was on Friday called off after the players had a narrow escape from a shooting attack on a mosque in Christchurch, described as an “unprecedented act of violence” by the country’s Prime Minister Jacinda Arden.
India skipper Virat Kohli tweeted that his heart goes out to the ones affected in the incident at Christchurch.
Shocking and tragic. My heart goes out to the ones affected by this cowardly act at Christchurch. Thoughts with the Bangladesh team as well, stay safe. 🙏🏻— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) March 15, 2019
The attack on the Masjid Al Noor mosque in Hagley Park killed several people, the local media reported.
The Bangladesh team, which was about to enter the mosque to offer prayers, escaped unscathed but the prevailing situation led to the authorities calling off the third and final Test match starting Saturday.
The match was the tour finale for the visitors. “All members of the Bangladesh Cricket Team in Christchurch, New Zealand are safely back in the hotel following the incident of shooting in the city. The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is in constant contact with the players and team management,” the BCB said in a statement on its Twitter page.
“The (Bangladeshi) cricketers are set to leave New Zealand in the first available flight,” Bangladeshi news agency BSS quoted team manager Khaled Masud Pilot as saying. “They are all safe but they remain distraught. They can’t forget what happened just in front of their eyes,” he added.
(With inputs from agencies)
First Published: Mar 15, 2019 16:54 IST