Bangladesh Test team escapes Christchurch shooting

Bangladesh cricket team forced to flee Christchurch Mosque after shooting incident

Bangladesh were due to take on New Zealand on Saturday.

The players were kept on the bus by police, then later allowed to leave and to walk to nearby Hagley Oval, where they'd been scheduled to begin the third cricket test against New Zealand on Saturday.

All the Bangladesh national cricket team players were escorted by heavily armed New Zealand police with loaded sub-machine guns to the entrance gate of the airport.

New Zealand Cricket CEO David White has announced that the game between New Zealand and Bangladesh had been called off as a result of the attacks.

"The global cricket community was shocked to hear that the Bangladesh cricket team was so close to the incident".

President of Bangladesh Cricket Board Nazmul Hassan Papon, centre, speaks during a press conference on the status of the country's cricket team after Friday's mass shootings in New Zealand, in Dhaka. The cricketers were on their way to the local Christchurch mosque to offer their Friday prayers when they got to know of what was happening inside the mosque.

"The militants and terrorists have no religion, country or nation".




"I can't tell you too much about the events because I was at the ground when the lads went but they're all upset and it's a great shame for the whole word really when things like this happen in Christchurch".

Bangladesh, with its hectic efforts, managed to save the country from militancy and terrorism. "If we were there three to four minutes earlier, we would have been in the mosque", Mashud told reporters in Christchurch. "I think everything changes now", he said.

The Test in Christchurch was the first to be cancelled since 2002, when a match between Pakistan and New Zealand in Karachi was called off after a terrorist bombing in the city. We were maximum 50 yards away. Ardern also stated that the day will be considered the "Darkest Day" in New Zealand's history.

'I can not describe what is going inside us, what we have seen, ' stand-in skipper Mahmudullah told reporters upon arrival. Further, they thanked security forces for ensuring Bangladesh team stay in a safe place.

Team manager Khaled Mashud said players and staff on the bus watched as blood-soaked victims staggered from the building.

"We are shocked and appalled, as I'm sure all New Zealanders are", he added. "About 10 minutes later they ran out of the bus and ran through Hagley Park and into the Hagley Oval".

New Zealand abandoned their 1987 tour of Sri Lanka following a bombing near their hotel in Colombo in which more than 100 people were killed. "Again both teams and support staff groups are safe", it said.

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