Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Christchurch mosque attacks: Bangladesh Test cricket team escape mass shooting

Christchurch mosque attacks: Bangladesh Test cricket team escape mass shooting

"He had a big gun and a lot of bullets and he came through and started shooting like everyone in the mosque, like everywhere, and they have to smash the door and the glass from the window and from the small door to try and get out".

The test match was canceled, and the Bangladesh squad was preparing to fly home on Saturday.

Bangladeshi players described their horror as the shooting unfolded, having arrived for prayers at the Al Noor mosque, which is near the Hagley Oval stadium where they were due to face New Zealand on Saturday.

Mohammad Isam, the Bangladesh ESPN correspondent, said he was with the team at the time the attack happened.

"The coaching staff were all at the hotel".

"Certainly it has occurred at a place where people should have been expressing their religious freedom, where they should have been in a safe environment, and they have not been today".

"I can say that everything will change after this incident".

"We now have to be very, very vigilant ― all the authorities and sporting organisations, absolutely". "This could have been a massive incident", Mashud said in the video.

Bangladesh players celebrate Jeet Raval's wicket during the second test in Wellington.

Performance analyst Shrinivas Chandrasekeran, also on Twitter, said "Just escaped active shooters".

He said he saw about four people injured and two people lying on the ground and did not know if they were alive or dead.

The Bangladesh players were understandably traumatised by the incident. White said Friday's incident would "greatly affect" the country.

New Zealand abandoned their 1987 tour of Sri Lanka following a bombing near their hotel in Colombo in which more than 100 people were killed.

Cricket teams have previously abandoned tours because of violent attacks but most had been in South Asia, including Bangladesh which Australia decided against touring in 2015 because of security fears.

"We want to play cricket and it is unfortunate this accident is causing us to pull out of this test match".

"He is in a rush as the rest of the players are ready to go to the mosque, but he still speaks for nine minutes".

NZC had worked hard on Friday to get the Bangladesh team out of New Zealand on the earliest possible flights.

David Richardson, the chief executive of the International Cricket Council, said in a statement: "Our thoughts and honest condolences go out to the families and friends of those affected by this horrendous incident in Christchurch". Players were shaken, distressed and in no mental state to consider playing cricket. The players later returned to their hotel, where they remained in lockdown.

Pakistan's Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari also suggested the world governing body, the International Cricket Council, should possibly take a harder line against hosting matches in New Zealand.

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