Bangladesh cricket team flees mosque shooting in NZ

17 March, 2019, 10:16 | Author: Carlos George
  • Bangladesh cricket team forced to flee Christchurch Mosque after shooting incident

The third and final Test match of Bangladesh's tour, scheduled to start in Christchurch on Saturday, was quickly scrapped.

Forty-nine people were killed after a gunman attacked two mosques in the deadliest mass shooting in New Zealand's modern history.

'They were on the bus, which was just pulling up to the mosque when the shooting begun. Once at the Hagley Oval, they were housed in a dressing room at the ground before leaving for the team hotel.

The team arrived at the mosque after a news conference for their upcoming match, which has now been canceled.

As with the Sri Lanka players in Lahore exactly a decade ago, the Mahmudullahs ducked till possibly a lull in the shooting brought the realisation that they could end up as sitting ducks in the team bus.

The players eventually returned to their hotel, shaken, distressed and in no mental state to play cricket, Mr Isam said.

"It will certainly take some time for us to get out of it after the experience we had here", he told reporters at Christchurch airport, moments before the team left for Bangladesh.

In the brutal shootout carried out at two different mosques at least 49 people were killed while 40 others were injured that it prompted New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to term it a terrorist attack and one of New Zealand's darkest days. I was in shock too, so I couldn't say much to them. When they went to a nearby mosque from the Stadium in Christchurch to offer their Friday prayers, all they could see was bloodshed and extreme violence.

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The Bangladesh team at Hagley Oval after the attack.

Meanwhile, New Zealand Police has taken four people in custody; one woman, three men as suspects of shooting.

Team performance analyst Shrinivas Chandrasekeran, on Twitter, said "Just escaped active shooters".

The New Zealand Herald has reported a spokesman for the Black Caps saying that New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White would call off the match shortly. "We (were) extremely lucky. never want to see this things happen again. pray for us", said Bangladeshi player Mushfiqur Rahim. "I have spoken to my counterpart in Bangladesh and we both agree that it's inappropriate to play cricket at this time". I think the idea of New Zealand being a safe haven is gone now.

Bangladesh batsman Tamim Iqbal confirmed the Test team escaped a shooting in Christchurch on Friday.

Three hours after the shooting, New Zealand Cricket, in consultation with the Bangladesh Cricket Board and International Cricket Council, announced the five-day match had been canceled.

New Zealand Police have stormed the area and are urging anyone in the area to stay indoors. Jalal Yunus, the spokesperson of the BCB, said that most of the players were on the bus when the incident happened and was about to enter the mosque. "I'm sure all of New Zealand will take a look at their approach", he added.

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