On a regular Test match morning Hagley Oval in Christchurch would be a hive of activity.
Mowers would be sweeping the broad, green outfield, ground staff making the last, finicky touches to the Test match pitch, cricket players going through warmups, pundits huddling and discussing prospects for the day.
But Saturday morning, the tree-lined oval near the center of Christchurch was a desolate reminder of the tragic events of the previous day. The stadium and the usual bustling boulevards that surround it were deserted as police urged people to stay indoors. The cricket Test between New Zealand and Bangladesh was cancelled.