Christchurch attack changes everything for team security - New Zealand Cricket

Christchurch attack changes everything for team security - New Zealand Cricket

Bangladesh were due to take on New Zealand on Saturday.

Earlier, armed police in New Zealand swarmed central Christchurch Friday amid a shooting at a mosque in the South Island city.

The Bangladesh team were on a bus that was approaching the Al Noor mosque, where 41 people died, on the eve of the third test at nearby Hagley Oval when the shooting began. I am personally, and all of us in the team could not sleep properly [at night].

Team manager Khaled Mashud said the tourists were "very lucky" not to be caught up in the incident and their Test against New Zealand was subsequently cancelled. He says that I should call the police as there's a shooting going on inside the mosque where they are about to enter.

If witnesses are to be believed, the gunmen were wearing black attires and helmets when they carried out the act of violence at the Al Noor mosque and the Linwood Islamic Centre, consisting of at least 100 people at that time.

"The militants and terrorists have no religion, country or nation". They were told not to run but walk briskly and they did so, tension and distress evident in haunted looks and a hurrying pace.

Bangladesh, with its hectic efforts, managed to save the country from militancy and terrorism. "I just hope after returning home we can overcome it (trauma) with the passing of time", Tamim said before the team left Christchurch. The incident took place during Friday afternoon when the people were offering Jum'ah Prayer.

"We r extremely lucky.never want to see this things happen again.pray for us".

The Bangladesh team's tour was called off after the players had a narrow escape. Further, they thanked security forces for ensuring Bangladesh team stay in a safe place. "Maybe in about eight-10 minutes, we were all inside the bus and were sitting with our heads bowed, just in case someone fires at us".

'We are shocked and appalled as I am sure all New Zealanders are.

Nazmul Hassan Papon (C) president of Bangladesh Cricket Board and a member of parliament speaks during a press conference in Dhaka.

Mario Villavarayen, a strength and conditioning coach with the team, told New Zealand media the players did not see the shooter but heard shots.

Team members described their experiences on social media.

"Alhamdulillah Allah saved us today while shooting in Christchurch in the mosque". In 2002 a scheduled test between Pakistan and New Zealand in Karachi was canceled after a terrorist bombing close to the visitors' team hotel.

Chief executive Jeremy Curwin said Canterbury Cricket had consulted with the players, who were given the opportunity to make their decision whether to play the final game as individuals or collectively.

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