At least 49 people were killed in the shootings at two mosques and more than 20 people were wounded. An international cricket match between New Zealand and Bangladesh has been canceled after players from the visiting team narrowly avoided a mass shooting at a mosque in Christchurch on Friday.

The Bangladesh players came within minutes of being inside one of the mosques when a gunman opened fire with an automatic rifle.

New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White later there had been a “joint decision” to call off the third test, which had been scheduled to start Saturday in Christchurch.

“On behalf of New Zealand Cricket heartfelt condolences to those affected,” White said. “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.

“We are shocked and appalled … and we are offering support to all those within the teams affected by the situation and are continuing to take advice from authorities.”

Earlier, members of the Bangladesh cricket team described on social media how they narrowly avoided the mosque shooting on New Zealand’s South Island.

Players and members of the team’s coaching staff were reportedly on their bus, approaching the Masjid Al Noor mosque in Hagley Park when the shooting started.

Cricketers from around the world have condemned this barbaric attack on innocent souls.

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