Published: Sun, March 17, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

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

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

Meanwhile, as per reports, the team were on a bus that was pulling up to the mosque near Hagley Oval for Friday prayers when the shooting began but none of the players were inside. "Otherwise, no one knows what may have happened", Mohammad Isam, Bangladesh correspondent of ESPNcricinfo, said from blood-soaked Christchurch. He says that I should call the police as there's a shooting going on inside the mosque where they are about to enter.

Police charged one person, detained three others, and defused explosive devices in what appeared to be a carefully planned and racist attack. They had a narrow escape and remained unhurt.

"In future, whenever we send our cricket team overseas we will do that after examining and reviewing the security matters of the host countries", Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said Saturday, according to the state-run news agency BSS.

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

"The players were breaking down, they had seen way too much in the 15 minutes they were held up in the bus, there was no security because it is such a peaceful country", Isam told BBC.

Bangladesh flew out of Christchurch on Saturday lunchtime following the swift decision to cancel the third Test.

But Chowdhury understood New Zealand matter and said it depends on the security assessment of the country that how they would ensure security.

The Bangladesh cricket team was arriving for prayers when the shooting occurred but all members were safe, team coach revealed. We could not move the vehicle because that would take the bus closer to the mosque and chances were high that we could be in trouble.

New Zealand Cricket CEO David White at a New Zealand Cricket press conference. Heartbeats pumping badly and panic everywhere! I chose to go to the mosque with the other team members, and later, we all could assemble at the grounds. "Once it is assured only then we will go, otherwise not", he said. 'I've spoken to my counterpart at Bangladesh cricket - we agree it's inappropriate to play cricket at this time.

Batsman and record run-scorer Tamin Iqbal tweeted that he and his teammates had been saved from "active shooters", describing the experience as "frightening". The mayor of Christchurch, Lianne Dalziel stated that it is a bolt from the blue for the people and it could not be expected for a country like New Zealand.

They also abandoned a tour of Pakistan in May 2002 following a suicide bombing outside their hotel in Karachi.

The Canterbury cricket team, one of six first-class sides in New Zealand's domestic Plunket Shield competition, also chose to abandon their final round match in Wellington, which gave the title to Central Districts. "Again both teams and support staff groups are safe", it said.

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