Bangladesh cricketers are to return to the scene of the Christchurch mosque massacres two years after the tragedy, New Zealand cricket mentioned Tuesday. They are amongst 4 worldwide groups confirmed to play in New Zealand over the approaching months. Bangladesh are scheduled to play a one-day worldwide in Christchurch on March 17 and are prone to be within the metropolis on March 15, two years to the day after a gunman killed 51 Muslim worshippers at two mosques and wounded one other 40.
The gunman started his murderous rampage on the Al Noor Mosque, reverse the Hagley Park cricket oval, simply because the primarily Muslim Bangladesh crew arrived for prayers earlier than follow on the eve of the second Test in opposition to New Zealand final yr.
As the gamers have been about to enter the mosque, a lady warned them that there was taking pictures inside and gamers took cowl on the ground of their bus.
“We were very lucky because we were not inside that place,” crew supervisor Khaled Mashud informed reporters.
“We saw it from outside, like watching a video, like in the movies. We saw many people coming out bloodied.”
None of the gamers have been injured and the crew returned dwelling the next day after the Test was cancelled.
New Zealand Cricket chief govt David White mentioned sequence in opposition to Bangladesh and Australia have been but to obtain authorities approval however he was “confident” they might.
The authorities final week gave the inexperienced mild for the West Indies and Pakistan to reach underneath strict quarantine situations for his or her first 14 days within the nation resulting from issues over the results of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“I’m thrilled to be making this announcement today, given the uncertainty and difficulties over the past six or seven months,” White mentioned.
“We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the New Zealand government for helping us navigate this complex process.”
Included within the schedule are 4 Tests, two in opposition to the West Indies and two in opposition to Pakistan, the primary of which can be a Boxing Day Test at Tauranga’s Bay Oval.
New Zealand are at the moment fourth within the inaugural Test Match Championship standings – behind India, England and Australia – and simply forward of Pakistan with the West Indies seventh.
White mentioned New Zealand Cricket was conscious of the difficult circumstances many individuals discovered themselves in as a consequence of the Covid-19 disaster and can be decreasing ticket costs by practically 50 p.c to acknowledge this.
“It might sound counter-intuitive to be lowering ticket prices at a time of great additional cost and expense to the game, but we think it’s the right thing to do.”
When the groups arrive in New Zealand they’ll spend their required 14-days quarantine in Christchurch the place they’ll have the ability to prepare at NZC’s high-performance centre in Lincoln University.
West Indies tour:
Nov 27 – 1st T20, Auckland
Nov 29 – 2nd Twenty20, Tauranga
Nov 30 – third Twenty20, Tauranga
Dec 3-7 – 1st Test, Hamilton
Dec 11-15 – 2nd Test, Wellington
Dec 18 – 1st T20, Auckland
Dec 20 – 2nd T20, Hamilton
Dec 22 – third T20, Napier
Dec 26-30 – 1st Test, Tauranga
Jan 3-7 – 2nd Test, Christchurch
Feb 22 – 1st T20, Christchurch
Feb 25 – 2nd T20, Dunedin
Mar 3 – third T20, Wellington
Mar 5 – 4th T20, Auckland
Mar 7 – fifth T20, Tauranga
Mar 13 – 1st ODI, Dunedin
Mar 17 – 2nd ODI, Christchurch
Mar 20 – third ODI, Wellington
Mar 23 – 1st T20, Napier
Mar 26 – 2nd T20, Auckland
Mar 28 – third T20, Hamilton
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