Bangladesh cricket team escaped Christchurch mosque shooting

Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal

Bangladesh cricket team, now touring New Zealand, escaped unscathed after a deadly shooting at a mosque in Christchurch on Friday.

A reporter following the Bangladesh cricket team, who are now in New Zealand, tweeted that that had "escaped from a mosque near Hagley Park where there were active shooters".

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern condemned the incident and called it a terrorist attack.

Members of the Bangladesh cricket team have described how they had to run for safety after witnessing horrors "straight out of a movie scene" during the Christchurch terror attacks yesterday.

Bangladesh Cricket Board spokesman Jalal Yunus said the team were unharmed but "mentally shocked", and had been ordered to stay in the team hotel.

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

Mazhar Uddin, a reporter for Bangladesh's Daily Star who is travelling with the team, said players lay down on the floor of a bus after being warned away from the mosque. Also, the players have returned safely back to the hotel but they were suffering from mental trauma.

We were in the bus and we too panicked and asked the driver if we could leave the area, he told us the only way out was through the mosque, and that was extremely risky for us.

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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".

1987 NZ tour of Lanka: It was to be a three-Test tour but New Zealand abandoned it after just the first match when a bomb exploded near the team hotel in Colombo. "I think the idea of New Zealand being a safe haven is gone now". "Frightening experience and please keep us in your prayers", batsman Tamim Iqbal wrote on Twitter following the attack.

Forty-nine people are believed to have been killed in the shootings at the Deans Avenue and Linwood Avenue mosques.

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

"I can say that everything will change after this incident". He said the incident has left the players shaken and clearly traumatized.

"We could see blood-stained people stagger out of the mosque from our bus". We kept our heads down in the bus, in case of any firing (towards them). "The Bangladesh cricket team is our national asset", he said. The panicked players along with some staff members then made a decision to leave the bus and walked straight to the Hagley Oval where they were locked inside the dressing room.

"They ran back through Hagley Park back to the Oval", he tweeted.

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