Bangladesh cricket team forced to flee Christchurch Mosque after shooting incident

A Bangladesh player sits in silence at Christchurch airport

A Bangladesh player sits in silence at Christchurch airport

Bangladesh's Test cricketers were just a few minutes from being caught up in Friday's massacre in New Zealand when they arrived at a Christchurch mosque as shooting began, a team spokesman said.

ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said: "Our thoughts and honest condolences go out to the families and friends of those affected by this horrendous incident in Christchurch".

International Cricket Council chief executive David Richardson said the sport's governing body 'fully supports the decision to cancel the test match'.

The Masjid al Noor was filled with worshippers, including members of the Bangladesh cricket team. "They are all too shocked to react".

When he was asked whether or not there were any suspicions that the attacker was aware of the presence of the team there and even deliberately targeted them, Isam said that he did not think so.

"Entire team got saved from active shooters", batsman Tamim Iqbal tweeted, per the BBC. Soumya Sarkar was also there, and we were all heading to the mosque for prayers.

Forty-nine people are believed to have been killed in the shootings at the Deans Avenue and Linwood Avenue mosques. "We hope that this sort of incident never happens again". Heartbeats pumping badly and panic everywhere!

New Zealand police have warned all mosques countrywide to shut their doors after active shooters opened fire in two mosques in Christchurch city centre.

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Ms Jamieson said shaken survivors had told her how the shooting unfolded.

"Then at that point we realised that if they came out of the mosque and [started shooting], we'd be in trouble".

"I can say that everything will change after this incident".

The third Test between the Black Caps and Bangladesh has been cancelled after yesterday's attacks, with the visiting team flying out of New Zealand earlier today.

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

Meanwhile, New Zealand Police has taken four people in custody; one woman, three men as suspects of shooting. 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. Shrinivas, who earlier worked with IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad and joined the Bangladesh cricket team in 2018, thanked both the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) as well as New Zealand Cricket (NZC) for their prompt reaction.

After being barred from getting off the bus for several minutes, the players escaped and are now "locked down" in their dressing room, per ESPNCricinfo.

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