Bangladesh cricketers arrive home after mosque shootings


The Bangladesh cricket team narrowly escaped the carnage at a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, which was the scene of one of two mass shootings that have left 49 people dead and at least 20 wounded.

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Mohammad Isam, the Bangladesh ESPN correspondent, said he was with the team at the time the attack happened.

The test, scheduled to start on Saturday at Hagley Oval, was called off on Friday, with the visiting team set to fly home.

"This is shocking. This will change the entire fabric of worldwide sports hosting", he said.

"There were bodies all over me", he said.

'In the future, whenever we send our cricket team overseas we will do that after examining and reviewing the security matters of the host countries, ' Hasina was quoted as saying by Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha.

"This is significant and I can tell you now this is and will be one of New Zealand's darkest days".

On a normal test match morning Hagley Oval in Christchurch would have been a hive of activity.

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"Had we reached even three or four minutes earlier, we probably would have been inside the mosque". "I can not describe what is going inside us, what we have seen", he added". We were maximum 50 yards away.

Player Mushfiqur Rahim posted 'Alhamdulillah Allah save us today while shooting in Christchurch in the mosque.

An Australian national and a woman are among the detained suspects. The news conference reportedly ran overtime, causing the cricket team to arrive late to the mosque. "Every team has to be alerted", he said. "It is clear that this tragedy will affect people in different ways, and Canterbury Cricket is here to support our players however we can. We fully respect their decision, and I am incredibly proud of how they conducted themselves throughout this process".

"It is not only, say, Bangladesh or India or Pakistan at the high risk", he said. Isam, who spent most of Friday afternoon and evening with the players, said they had no thoughts of playing cricket and wished only to return to their homes.

The cricketers were later taken back to their team hotel safely.

Australia's cricket team cancelled a tour in Bangladesh in 2015, citing a lack of security, while the Australian Under-19 cricket team skipped ICC Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh in 2016 on the same ground.

Record-breaking ex-All Blacks fly-half Dan Carter, a long-time player for Christchurch's Crusaders team, tweeted: "Sending love to everyone in Christchurch right now".

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

This is the first time a test held in New Zealand has been called off.