The New Zealand national Cricket team was in Chennai, India for the ICC World Cup when the news of the earthquake was delivered with the players.
ICC Chief Executive HaroonLorgat said: "At times like this, sport can only offer its support and its deepest sympathy to those who have lost loved ones during such a tragedy.
"It's a helpless feeling but I will be discussing with the organisers of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 how we can most appropriately remember those who lost their lives or have been injured and affected when the Black Caps play their next match against Australia in Nagpur on Friday.
"We have already contacted the New Zealand Cricket's Chief Executive Dr Justin Vaughan to express our concern for him, his staff and the people of Christchurch. The news we have is that the NZC offices have been severely damaged but thankfully everyone who works for NZC seems to have escaped without injury.
"On behalf of everyone at the ICC and the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 we send our heartfelt condolences."
New Zealand's captain, Daniel Vettori, has vowed the team will continue to give it their all in the World Cup.
New Zealand's next task is their trans-tasman rival – Australia.
"The greatest thing we can do is beat Australia to hopefully help bring a little relief for the people who are going such a rough time at home," said Vettori.
"It's been a tough day. Five or six of the team and the management crew are based in Christchurch, so it's been a rough time for them finding out that their families are safe."
"We all have family or friends in Christchurch, it's been tough. We are feeling it too and the Canterbury community is in our thoughts and prayers."
"It's hard to deal with out of context. Guys will be thinking about wives and children at home who are dealing with the aftermath. It might be a distraction, it will be a testing time.