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New Zealand Mosque Attacks: 49 died, BD cricket team survived

Bangladesh's cricket team escaped unscathed after a shooting at a mosque in central Christchurch Bangladesh's cricket team escaped unscathed after a shooting at a mosque in central Christchurch
Shannon Reynolds | 17 March, 2019, 06:57

The third cricket test between New Zealand and Bangladesh, whose team were on a bus approaching one of the mosques with the attack underway, was cancelled on Friday.

A nearby business owner told stuff.co.nz that a lot of people were praying at the mosque at the time of the incident.

A suspected gunman is in custody and has been charged with murder for the attack. Fortunately, all the players have managed to return to their hotel safely.

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

Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hassan Papon, centre, speaks during a news conference on the status of the country's cricket team after Friday's mass shootings in New Zealand.

But the Bangladesh bus arrived moments after the shooting at one of two mosques in New Zealand began, with wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim describing their escape as "extremely lucky".

The prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, said this was "one of New Zealand's darkest days" as police uncovered explosive devices attached to cars and commissioner Mike Bush urged all mosques across the country to close their doors for the time being. We planned the latter half of the day in such a way that those who wanted to have lunch, they would do so, and others would finish their prayers and then join us at the ground at 3 pm.

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

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Chandrashekharan, a software engineer from Mumbai who is employed by the Bangladesh Cricket Board, chose to accompany the team on the bus since it would head to the Hagley Oval after prayers.

Two tests have previously been abandoned due to rain, while three tests overseas involving New Zealand have been cancelled due to terror attacks.

Performance analyst Shrinivas Chandrasekaran said: "Just escaped active shooters". White said the events in Christchurch will now be a game-changer for all sports teams visiting the country. We were maximum 50 yards (45 metres) away.

"We are shocked and appalled, as I'm sure all New Zealanders", NZC chief David White told TVNZ. "Heartbeats pumping badly and panic everywhere", he was quoted as saying by media reports. I would say we were really lucky.

At the Singapore Airlines check-in counter, players of the Bangladesh cricket team all looked serious and edgy.

ICC CEODave Richardson in a statement backed the move by the New Zealand and Bangladesh cricket boards on the move.

Opening batsman Tamim Iqbal also tweeted: "Entire team got saved from active shooters!".

"Our heartfelt condolences go out to the families and friends of those affected by the shocking situation in Christchurch", announced Black Caps Twitter account.

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