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Third New Zealand-Bangladesh Test called off after Christchurch attack

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The third Test between New Zealand and Bangladesh in Christchurch has been called off following a shooting attack in the city on Friday, 15 March.

New Zealand Cricket confirmed the players and staff of both teams were “safe and accounted for” before they released an official statement confirming the abandonment of the Test.

“On behalf of NZC, heartfelt condolences to those affected,” David White, the chief executive officer, said. "We've cancelled the game. 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,” White said. "As a country, we'll have to look at [security of visiting teams]. It seemed to be a safe haven. I'm sure all of New Zealand will take a look at their approach."

The decision to call off the match has been supported by David Richardson, the ICC chief executive. “Our thoughts and sincere condolences go out to the families and friends of those affected by this horrendous incident in Christchurch,” he said.

“Both teams, staff and match officials are safe, and the ICC fully supports the decision to cancel the Test match.”

The BCB also released a statement, confirming their players were back at the team hotel. “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 and also with New Zealand cricket.”

The Federation of International Cricketers' Association also released a statement, conveying "prayers and sympathies" to those affected, and added that, "FICA has been in contact with the New Zealand Cricket Players' Association and Cricketers' Welfare Association of Bangladesh, and full support has been offered to the Bangladesh players and the touring squad on the ground."

Bangladesh's side will return home on Saturday. A statement from BCB said: "The Bangladesh Team is scheduled to arrive home tomorrow (Saturday) at BST 22h40. The BCB and NZC has worked together in making all necessary arrangements for bringing the team back to Dhaka as a matter of priority."

The Christchurch Test was the third of the series. New Zealand won the first two Tests in Hamilton and Wellington.

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