New Zealand U19 tour of Bangladesh called off

New Zealand U19 tour of Bangladesh called off

London: New Zealand Under-19 tour of Bangladesh, slated for this month, has been canceled in the aftermath of terror attacks that claimed lives of 50 people at two mosques in Christchurch.

New Zealand Cricket (NZC) chairman Greg Barclay said both the NZC and the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) agreed that sending an age-group team to one of the countries affected would be insensitive and inappropriate, ESPNcricinfo reported.

“We have conveyed our deep sense of regret over the circumstances leading to this mutual decision, and the BCB have been both understanding and generous in response,” Barclay said.

“NZC have nothing but respect for the BCB and believe this development has only served to bring our countries closer together and to strengthen our bond through cricket,” the chairman added.

In reply, the BCB has expressed “solidarity with NZC and the peace-loving people of New Zealand”.

Moreover, Barclay said both countries will continue playing bilateral series across all levels. Later in September, Bangladesh Under-19 team will travel New Zealand for the “Developmental” and “A” tours.

Bangladesh cricketers who were on their way to the mosque to offer Friday prayers on March 15 managed to escape the site. As a precautionary measure, the final Test match between New Zealand and Bangladesh was called off.