Published: Tue, March 19, 2019
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Here’s what Bangladeshi cricketers says after escaping New Zealand Mosque Shooting

Here’s what Bangladeshi cricketers says after escaping New Zealand Mosque Shooting

Bangladeshi team were heading towards Hagley Oval ground to play the third test match against New Zealand and when the bus approached Al-Noor Mosque, shooting began in which 41 people died.

'On behalf of New Zealand Cricket heartfelt condolences to those affected, ' White said.

Richardson said Pakistan had taken "a great step forward" in safely hosting the PSL matches, a decade on from an attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore which has seen foreign teams refuse to play in the country over security fears.

A mass shooting at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch prompted a major police response on Friday afternoon.

The team's opening batsman Tamim Iqbal said he believes it will not be easy for the national cricket team to overcome the shock of the attack. Soumya Sarkar was also there, and we were all heading to the mosque for prayers.

The attack on the Masjid Al Noor mosque in Hagley Park killed several people, the local media reported.

"We must have been about 50 yards from the mosque", team manager Khaled Mashud told ESPNcricinfo in the video below.

Performance analyst Shrinivas Chandrasekeran, also on Twitter, posted: "Just escaped active shooters. Heartbeats pumping badly and panic everywhere".

Bangladesh and New Zealand previously met in a Feb 16 match in Christchurch
Bangladesh and New Zealand previously met in a Feb 16 match in Christchurch

The recent shootings at Christchurch mosque in New Zealand, which Bangladesh cricket team narrowly escaped, has once again reignited the debate over the security measures at the upcoming World Cup tournament in May.

They stayed in the bus for eight to 10 minutes before leaving it sensing danger, according to Mashud.

'We are shocked and appalled as I am sure all New Zealanders are.

"The Bangladesh team may have prayed at the same mosque before but I don't think they were the target", he underscored.

While efforts were being made to reschedule the tickets and arrange for the team and the support staff to go home early, Joshi had the Indian High Commissioner in New Zealand, Sanjiv Kohli to thank for.

Record-breaking ex-All Blacks fly-half Dan Carter, a long-time player for Christchurch's Crusaders team, tweeted: "Sending love to everyone in Christchurch right now". In 2002 a scheduled test between Pakistan and New Zealand in Karachi was cancelled after a terrorist bombing close to the visitors' team hotel. Our players supported them a lot, with inputs on what was needed at that point of time.

The third and final Test was scheduled to start on Saturday at Christchurch's Hagley Oval.

Once back in the hotel, the players were so horrified that they were not ready to go to their rooms, said the 48-year-old former India left-arm spinner.

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