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One minute silence observed before PSL match to express solidarity with NZ terror attack victims

KARACHI: In a show of support for the affected families of the terror attack on New Zealand mosques during Friday, all players and match officials sported black armbands in the Pakistan Super League fixture at National Stadium Karachi.

Earlier, the Pakistan Cricket Board had expressed shock and grief over the terror attacks on New Zealand’s Christchurch mosques ahead of Friday prayers and had announced players and match official of PSL match will sport black armbands in solidarity with the affected families.

Before the match, a minute of silence was also observed at the National Stadium.

“As a mark of respect for the victims and to show support and solidarity with the New Zealand community and the NZC [New Zealand Cricket Team], it has been decided that we will observe a minute’s silence before the start of tonight’s HBL Pakistan Super League match, while all the players and match officials will wear black armbands,” said a statement issued by the PCB.

PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani, in the statement, said: “On behalf of the Pakistan cricket fraternity, I would like to condemn in the strongest possible way the cowardly, uncivilised and inhuman terrorist attacks on the innocent worshippers in Christchurch mosques.

“Our hearts go out [to] all those affected by this tragedy as who will feel and understand their pain and loss better than us. In these difficult times, we also stand firmly with our colleagues in New Zealand Cricket and offer our deepest condolences.

The PCB chairman also expressed relief that the Bangladesh cricket team escaped the incident unharmed.

“We are also aware that the Bangladesh men’s cricket team were also praying at a mosque near the Hagley Park. We thank God Almighty that all of them escaped unhurt,” he said.