Zimbabwe cricketers today joined their Bangladesh counterparts in marking the national day or mourning declared in Dhaka following the tragedy there yesterday.
At least 100 people were killed and many more are feared dead after an eight-storey building collapsed on the outskirts of the Bangladesh capital Dhaka.
During the first day of the second Teletalk 3G Test match at Harare Sports Club Thursday, the Zimbabwe cricket team, which was fielding after having won the toss and sent Bangladesh in to field, wore black ribbons in sympathy with the tourists.
Speaking on the sidelines of play, Zimbabwe Cricket managing director Wilfred Mukondiwa said:
“We join the people of Bangladesh in mourning the loss of life. We are also saddened by the devastation of the community in the Savar District and the long-term negative impact of the collapse of the Rana Plaza, as it also housed a garment factory.
Our prayers are with all the affected that they will find the strength to lift themselves up after the loss of their loved ones and property, and carry on with their lives.
In these sad times for the people of Savar and indeed Bangladesh, we are heartened to hear of all the efforts by local communities which have pitched in to help their fellow residents and businesses affected by the collapse.”