Bangladesh players 'extremely lucky' to avoid mosque attack - Mushfiqur

Lester Mason
March 16, 2019

Bangladesh's Test cricketers were just a few minutes from being caught up in Friday's massacre in New Zealand when they arrived at a Christchurch mosque as shooting began, a team spokesman said.

New Zealand police commissioner Mike Bush said police had arrested four people.

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". "I've lost count of the number of police cars, but obviously all the police on these cordons are heavily armed and trying to keep the public out of the scene, keep them safe until they know exactly what's happened here, and that they've managed to apprehend the alleged gunman", she said.

"I don't they're in a mental state to play cricket at all, " he told Fairfax Media.

"Liton Das and Nayeem Hasan were also back in the hotel and have been contacted, and told to stay back at the hotel", the report stated.

Entire team got saved from active shooters!

Mazhar Uddin, reporter for Bangladesh based Daily Star, said players lay down on the floor of the bus after being warned away from the mosque.

Player Mushfiqur Rahim posted 'Alhamdulillah Allah save us today while shooting in Christchurch in the mosque. "We hope that this sort of incident never happens again".

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


"Hearts pumping badly and panic everywhere".

Bangladesh's cricket team escaped unscathed after a shooting at a mosque in central Christchurch, an official told AFP on Friday.

"We are lucky that if the players had either gotten off the bus later or gone to the mosque earlier it would have been hard to get out".

"We watched the whole thing from the bus, like a movie, people bleeding as they came out of the mosque".

The team is reported to have left the bus and fled on foot to almost Hagley Oval where it is due to play New Zealand in a test match starting on Saturday. They had a narrow escape and remained unhurt.

Bangladesh have been touring New Zealand since last month.

The attack was described by prime minister Jacinda Ardern as "one of New Zealand's darkest days".

"We are shocked and appalled as I'm sure all New Zealanders are". The test match in Christchurch was the first to be canceled since 2002, when a match between Pakistan and New Zealand in Karachi was called off after a terrorist bombing in the city. Cricket seemed trivial at a time like this and they were just eager to return to Bangladesh to their loved ones.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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