Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Bangladesh cricket team leaves traumatised New Zealand

Bangladesh cricket team leaves traumatised New Zealand

Multiple people have been killed after a gunman opened fire at two mosques in New Zealand, sparking a hunt for an "active" shooter in the South Island town of Christchurch.

Taking to Twitter, he said: "Entire team got saved from active shooters!".

International Cricket Council chief executive David Richardson backed the decision and sent "sincere condolences... to the families and friends of those affected by this horrendous incident".

The third and final Test match of Bangladesh's tour, scheduled to start in Christchurch on Saturday, was quickly scrapped.

New Zealand Cricket said all players and support staff were 'safe and accounted for, ' and a Bangladesh team spokesman later said all players had returned to the team hotel. Some of the players wanted to help the distressed woman, but just then they saw a horde of petrified worshippers pouring out of the mosque, some of them covered in blood.

After arriving at the site, the team were reportedly told to stay on the bus outside the mosque on Deans Avenue before travelling back to Hagley Oval on foot. Soumya Sarkar was also there, and we were all heading to the mosque for prayers.

Another player, Mushfiqur Rahim, noted that the team was "extremely lucky" to avoid the tragedy.

"Hearts pumping badly and panic everywhere".

Armed police escort survivors to the hospital after the Christchurch mosque shooting
JOHN KIRK-ANDERSON STUFFArmed police escort survivors to the hospital after the Christchurch mosque shooting

Bangladesh team manager Khaled Mashud says they were 50 yards away from the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch when a gunman entered and killed 41 people. "That is why we feel that the security that countries like Bangladesh gives to other teams when they come to play in Bangladesh, we should also get the similar type of security arrangement or support from the host country".

"The worst part was we were watching all those things happening live, so it was very scary", said Tamim.

"It's miracle that I am alive", Srinivas Chandrasekeran, a Mumbaibased electronics and communications engineer, told Mirror from New Zealand, shuddering to recall the bloodbath at a Christchurch mosque. Many of those who will have been directly affected by this shooting may be migrants to New Zealand.

Holding a press conference, New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the moment as "one of New Zealand's darkest days". "They were shouting "shooter, shooter", he said horrified at what could've been.

Another user asked: "Will the ICC ban New Zealand from hosting cricket or that restriction is only for Pakistan?"

According to "ESPNCricinfo", most of the coaching staff was in the team hotel at the time of the incident while head coach Steve Rhodes was at the ground.

The players were initially barred from leaving the bus but, after several minutes, disembarked and made their way through to the Hagley Park ground.

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