‘Escaped mosque attack by minutes’: Bangladesh cricket manager recounts horror

Bangladesh cricket team forced to flee Christchurch Mosque after shooting incident

Bangladesh cricket team forced to flee Christchurch Mosque after shooting incident

Bangladesh cricketers were left shaken after they narrowly escaped the deadly mosque attacks in Christchurch yesterday that cut short their New Zealand tour and prompted an emotional response from top sportsmen, including rugby star Sonny Bill Williams.

Dozens of people were killed in mass shootings at two mosques full of worshippers attending Friday prayers on what the prime minister called "one of New Zealand's darkest days".

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.

Mario Villavarayan, the team's strength and conditioning coach, said it had been a close call. 'They were at the ground and just started running. "Thanks to the BCB (Bangladesh Cricket Board) for bringing us back to the country very quickly". Fortunately, all the players have managed to return to their hotel safely. "We have advised the players not to step out. It's not just here, wherever we go, we don't get that much security", Nazmul Hassan told reporters in Dhaka.

"We had a sleepless night after the incident", said the team's stand-in captain Mahmudullah. Certainly, it also made the New Zealand people frighten, as things like such are always scary.

"It looked like video, what we usually see in a movie".

Starting Friday, he added, "we need to be assured about minimum security. otherwise it's not possible to go". I was in shock too, so I couldn't say much to them.

"All of us in the team could not sleep properly".

The Bangladesh team was due to leave New Zealand at noon Saturday.

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"It's quite unbelievable really".

Players and coaching staff were 50 yards from the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch when the shooting began.

"Entire team got saved from active shooters!" tweeted Tamim Iqbal. "There's shooting here, please save us".

"On behalf of New Zealand Cricket heartfelt condolences to those affected", chief executive David White said.

"W$3 e r extremely lucky", Mushfiqur said. Had we reached even three or four minutes earlier, we probably would have been inside the mosque.

Pakistan Embassy in New Zealand is continuously in contact with the local administration. White said Friday's incident would "greatly affect" the country.

Underlining that this was not the first time he had visited New Zealand and as far as he had observed there was nothing unusual in the day to have been suspicious about such an incident taking place, Isam said that it was very unexpected in a country "like New Zealand".

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

"For so long I've watched world events from afar and naively thought we were somehow different in our little corner of the world, somehow safe", Neesham said in a social media post.

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