ICC supports decision to cancel Test match between New Zealand and Bangladesh after Christchurch mosque attack

File photo of ICC Chief Executive, David Richardson. Photograph:( Others )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 15, 2019, 03.44 PM (IST)

The International Cricket Council (ICC) chief David Richardson offered condolences to the victims and their families of Christchurch mosque shooting. 

At least 49 people died in attacks on two mosques during Friday prayers in what appeared to be the worst assault on Muslims in a Western country. 

"Our thoughts and sincere condolences go out to families and friends of those affected by this horrendous incident in Christchurch," said Richardson. 

"Both teams, staff and match officials are safe and ICC fully supports the decision to cancel the Test match," he added. 

The third cricket Test between New Zealand and Bangladesh has been cancelled in the wake of a shooting. 

The visiting team narrowly avoided the shooting after arriving at the mosque for prayers. 

New Zealand Cricket said they had decided to cancel the Test, which was scheduled to start at Hagley Oval on Saturday, after discussions with the Bangladesh Cricket Board. 

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden said the attack was an "unprecedented act of violence" and "one of New Zealand's darkest days". 

"This is significant and I can tell you now this is and will be one of New Zealand's darkest days. I would describe it as an unprecedented act of violence, an act that has absolutely no place in New Zealand. This is not who we are," she said.