Christchurch mosque attacks: Bangladesh Test cricket team escape mass shooting


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

Members of the Bangladeshi team were en route to pray at the Masjid Al Noor Mosque ahead of a scheduled Test match against hosts New Zealand, according to Bangladeshi newspaper The Daily Star. As a country, we'll have to look at [security of visiting teams].

Pakistan still host almost all of their worldwide matches in the United Arab Emirates due to ongoing security concerns. "I love the game and felt I could pursue my passion", he said.

"We are not sure what their security system is. Every team has to be alerted", he said.

"The visuals we saw were straight out of a movie scene".

Just as we were approaching the mosque, we realised we were right next to where the shooting actually happened.

New Zealand's Police Commissioner Mike Bush said "as far as we know" multiple fatalities occurred at two mosques. Had we been there five minutes earlier, most of the team would have been inside the mosque and we would have all been in the firing line.

The ongoing Australia Women Under-19 tour based in Christchurch was also cancelled after the attack.

Former Bangladesh cricketer Khaled Mashud now the team's manager said they were fortunate not to be in the Deans Avenue mosque when the shooting happened
'Shots fired' near mosque in New Zealand

The test match in Christchurch was the first to be canceled since 2002, when a match between Pakistan and New Zealand in Karachi was called off after a terrorist bombing in the city.

Canterbury, the only team that could challenge the Central Stags for the Plunket Shield title, were due to playing Wellington at the Basin Reserve from Sunday which means the title is now decided but that was of little consideration in the decision to withdraw.

Violent crime is extremely rare in New Zealand and the Bangladesh Cricket Board said the attacks had now changed their perception about team security on tours.

As team members were about to enter the mosque the shooting started, which left at least 49 people dead and dozens of others injured.

A New Zealand Cricket spokesman said on Saturday Black Caps players and management were not available for comment.

"It is better that we are returning, because everyone's family is anxious". Srinivas's family moved from Dombivli to the Kolshet Road in Thane where he lives with his father, who works for an MNC, and mother. "Cricket and sport take a back-seat to personal welfare". Team manager Khaled Mashud told the players had a lucky escape. I would describe it as an unprecedented act of violence, an act that has absolutely no place in New Zealand.

New Zealand were in the middle of a three-Test series in Sri Lanka when a bomb exploded near their team hotel in Colombo, killing more than a 100 people.

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