Bangladesh tour of NZ called off after Christchurch terror attack

Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal

"They have chosen to make New Zealand their home and it is their home. they are us".

'Our thoughts and honest condolences go out to the families and friends of those affected by this horrendous incident in Christchurch, ' Richardson said. The cricket board of both countries confirmed that "the team members and support staff groups are safe".

Following the attack, the third and final Test between New Zealand and Bangladesh was cancelled and Mashud told reporters that the incident they witnessed was "straight out of a movie scene".

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.

Their team bus was only about 50 yards from the mosque and players were crying and worrying how they would safely get out of the vehicle.

"Entire team got saved from active shooters", batsman Tamim Iqbal tweeted, per the BBC. He described the experience as "frightening".

Video footage widely circulated on social media, apparently taken by a gunman and posted online live as the attack unfolded, showed him driving to one mosque, entering it and shooting randomly at people inside.

"If we were there three to four minutes earlier, we would have been in the mosque, massive thing might have happened". "Heartbeats pumping badly and panic everywhere!" tweeted Bangladesh high performance analyst Shrinivas Chandrasekaran.

Members of the Bangladesh cricket team check into Christchurch Airport as they look the leave on March 16, 2019 following the deadly massacre on two mosques in the city. One Bangladesh player said he saw a dead body lying on the street, Cricinfo reported. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has called it New Zealand's "darkest day".

Mario Villavarayen, a strength and conditioning coach with the team, told New Zealand media the players did not see the shooter but heard shots. "The Bangladesh cricket team is our national asset", he said.

"Only two of the players had stayed back in the hotel, and rest of the squad had gone there. I couldn't put it into words how I'm feeling right now", said Williams, wiping away tears as he spoke.

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

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

In about eight to 10 minutes, the police cordoned off the area and we took just took the back exit of the bus and rushed into the nearby park and ran towards the cricket ground.



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