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"World in bad place": Sports fraternity reacts to Christchurch shooting

Reports of a mass shooting at a Christchurch mosque on Friday morning, in close vicinity of the visiting Bangladesh team, has rocked the world of sports. The 3rd Test between New Zealand and Bangladesh, which was scheduled to start on Saturday morning at the Hagley Oval, not far from the site of the attack, has been cancelled and the visitors are expected to head back home.

Bangladesh Cricket Board spokesman Jalal Yunus said most of the team were bussed to the mosque in Christchurch and were about to go inside for Friday prayers when the incident happened.

“They are safe. But they are mentally shocked. We have asked the team to stay confined in the hotel,” he told AFP.

The incident has drawn condemnation from all quarters. New Zealand cricketer Jimmy Neesham, voicing what many around the world have been feeling since news of the attack broke, has said he would never have thought that such an incident could come to pass in idyllic New Zealand.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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