Bangladesh team leave a changed New Zealand after mosque shootings

Carrie Guzman
March 17, 2019

Due to the lack of direct flights between New Zealand and Bangladesh, the team will need to transfer in Singapore to go home. "Our heartfelt condolences go out to the families and friends of those affected by the shocking situation in Christchurch".

The test match, which had been scheduled to start on Saturday, was cancelled after the shooting. They're shocked like everyone else. Bangladesh's cricket team escaped unscathed after a shooting at a mosque in central Christchurch, an official told AFP on Friday.

"Frightening experience and please keep us in your prayers #christchurchMosqueAttack".

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.

"We (are) extremely lucky. never want to see (these) things happen again. pray for us", Rahim tweeted.

Bangladesh's Indian Performance analyst Shrinivas Chandrasekeran, a Chennai-based computer-engineer-turned-cricket-analyst, also spoke about the incident on social media. Heartbeats pumping badly and panic everywhere!' he said.

Players and members of the team's coaching staff were reportedly on their bus, approaching the Masjid Al Noor mosque in Hagley Park when the shooting started.

Mohammad Isam, a journalist traveling with the Bangladesh team, said he believed the players wish to leave New Zealand as soon as possible.

Speaking to Radio New Zealand, Tamim added: "New Zealand has been lovely and very safe whenever we have been".

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Bangladesh's cricket team arrived home on Saturday after its tour of New Zealand was abandoned following the Christchurch mosque shootings a day earlier.

"They ran back through Hagley Park back to the Oval", he tweeted. Small and isolated, New Zealand has often considered itself immune from wider world events such as terrorist violence.

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.

They also abandoned a tour of Sri Lanka in 1987 following a bombing near their hotel in Colombo.

The players and support staff could hear gunshots as they feared for their lives inside the bus.

However, when the players were about to enter the mosque, a woman warned them that there was shooting inside and the team took cover on the floor of their bus.

"It will certainly take some time for us to get out of it (the state of shock) after the experience we had here", Tamim told reporters at Christchurch airport.

Bangladesh's team manager and former captain Khaled Mashud said the team "were really lucky".

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