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Bangladesh Cricket Team Misses Mass Shooting By ‘Minutes’

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

Isam chronicled his terrifying afternoon for Cricinfo, which saw him and team members - who had arrived in a bus to pray at the mosque near the venue of the planned third test against New Zealand - then run from the shooting.

Six people have been reported dead, New Zealand local media reported and they also reported of a second shooting at another mosque in Christchurch itself.

"They were on the bus, which was just pulling up to the mosque when the shooting begun", he told Reuters via Twitter.

The test, scheduled to start on Saturday at Hagley Oval, was called off on Friday, with the visiting team set to fly home.

Bangladesh opening batsman Tamim Iqbal said it would be hard for the national cricket team to overcome the shock of narrowly escaping the shooting. He also added that they have discussed with Bangladesh and decided that it is not the right time to play cricket. He said the incident has left the players shaken and clearly traumatized.

New Zealand police have warned all mosques countrywide to shut their doors after active shooters opened fire in two mosques in Christchurch city centre. "I can not describe what is going inside us, what we have seen", he added.

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Bangladesh, by the way, have had an otherwise uneventful tour: Lost the three-match ODI series 0-3 and got defeated in the first two Tests.

He posted, "Entire team got saved from active shooters! Frightening experience and please keep us in your prayers", batsman Tamim Iqbal wrote on Twitter following the attack. "I have spoken to my counterpart in Bangladesh and we both agree that it's inappropriate to play cricket at this time".

Bangladesh's strength and conditioning coach, Mario Villavarayen also shared team's experience in one of the deadliest attacks in New Zealand.

The Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (FICA), a body which acts on behalf of players, said in a statement: "FICA, on behalf of its members and cricketers around the world, sends its prayers and sympathies to the people of Christchurch following today's horrendous attacks". "Auckland Cricket and New Zealand Cricket completely respect and support their decision". "We are all so saddened by the bad tragedy in Christchurch, and out of respect, neither our players nor team management will comment further on the Plunket Shield championship until the completion of the final round". "I would say we were really lucky", Mashud said.

'On behalf of New Zealand Cricket heartfelt condolences to those affected, ' White said.

"If we were there three to four minutes earlier, we would have been in the mosque, massive thing might have happened", he said. "The persons who perpetrated this violence against us. have no place in New Zealand".

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