NZ, Bangladesh Test cancelled after mosque attacks

16 March, 2019, 15:25 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Tamim Iqbal,Bangladesh,New Zealand

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Meanwhile, Bangladesh's cricket team escaped the attack unhurt. My first thought was it could have been me and us... "We feel for the people who have lost their lives".

Another man said he saw children being shot.

"Just deeply, deeply saddened that this would happen in New Zealand".

The whole Christchurch was put under lockdown and the players and support staff who were in the hotel were asked not to leave their rooms. But destiny decreed that they would be going there late to be 'saved'. "Had we reached even three or four minutes earlier, we probably would have been inside the mosque".

Actually, the captain had just finished a press conference, which had been delayed. It was a rainy day and we had optional practice. "Frightening experience and please keep us in your prayers", the opening Bangladeshi batsman wrote on Twitter.

Among the players caught up in the chaos was Tamim Iqbal Khan.

"He had a big gun and a lot of bullets and he came through and started shooting like everyone in the mosque, like everywhere, and they have to smash the door and the glass from the window and from the small door to try and get out".

"They are at the ground, they are shaken but good".

He added: "The players were breaking down, they had seen way too much in the 15 minutes they were held up in the bus, there was no security because it is such a peaceful country".

Bangladesh team escaped from a mosque near Hagley Park where there were active shooters.

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"When I arrived the scene around the mosque was very chaotic. And suddenly it happened to us", he said.

Australia's cricket team boycotted a tour in Bangladesh in 2015 citing a lack of security.

"I spoke to one of them shortly after, " Vllavarayen said. He also works with the IPL, BPL and PSL. "It was the right decision".

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.

Violent crime is extremely rare in New Zealand and Mr. His only sister stays in Brisbane.

She returned home following the incident and told SBS News she saw bloodied victims in ambulances.

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"Pak suffered same situation years back n can feel n relate to the pain n misery", Pakistan's information minister Fawad Chaudhry said on Twitter.

The Test team were touring New Zealand and, after completing media duties, made their way towards the site.

Bangladesh were due to take on New Zealand on Saturday.

Within a couple of hours the two boards had decided on the fate of the tour. White said the events in Christchurch will now be a game-changer for all sports teams visiting the country. The remaining two matches of the series were called off and England flew back home.



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