David White: ‘Everything changes now’

The terrorist attack in Christchurch will “change the entire fabric of international sports hosting,” according to the New Zealand Cricket CEO.

David White: “I think the idea of New Zealand being a safe haven is gone now.” Photo: Getty Images

The terrorist attack in Christchurch will “change the entire fabric of international sports hosting,” David White, the New Zealand Cricket CEO, has said.

“I think everything changes now,” White was quoted as saying by stuff.co.nz.

“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,” he said.

‘Shaken up’

Commenting on the shock suffered by members of the Bangladesh cricket team, White said, “They’re shaken up all right. They’re shocked like everyone else. New Zealand Cricket’s thoughts were with Christchurch and people affected by the shootings. We are shocked and appalled, as I’m sure all New Zealanders are.”

The International Cricket Council 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 Chief Executive David Richardson had said.