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Christchurch attack will change fabric of international sports hosting: New Zealand Cricket CEO

Press Trust of India  |  Auckland 

The mass shootings will have far-reaching implications for hosting sporting events in and elsewhere, according to Cricket CEO David White, who said the impression of the country being a "safe haven is gone".

Attacks on two mosques left at least 49 dead Friday, with one gunman -- identified as an Australian -- livestreaming the attack.

The cricket team escaped unhurt despite being in close vicinity of a shooting attack on a mosque but its tour of was called off.

"This is shocking. This will change the entire fabric of international hosting. I think everything changes now," White was quoted as saying by

"We'll certainly be having to look at our security in depth. I think the idea of New Zealand being a safe haven is gone now.

"We now have to be very, very vigilant - all the authorities and sporting organisations, absolutely."

The team's tour was called off after the players had a narrow escape from the attack on a mosque in Christchurch, described as an "unprecedented act of violence" by the country's

White said, "They're shaken up all right. They're shocked like everyone else. New Zealand Cricket's thoughts were with and people affected by the shootings. We are shocked and appalled, as I'm sure all New Zealanders are."

The had said it "fully supports" the cancellation of the third Test.

"Our thoughts and sincere condolences go out to the families and friends of those affected by this horrendous incident in Christchurch. Both teams, staff and match officials are safe and the ICC fully supports the decision to cancel the Test match," ICC had said.

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First Published: Sat, March 16 2019. 13:20 IST