Bangladesh cricketers arrive home after Christchurch massacre


The team had just arrived at the Al Noor Mosque for Friday prayer when a gunman opened fire, and after hiding on the team bus for almost 10 minutes, they then fled the scene back to nearby Hagley Oval, where the now-cancelled third cricket test was set to take place.

The New Zealand police said on Twitter they were "aware there is extremely distressing footage relating to the incident in Christchurch circulating online", and urged people not to share the link.

International Cricket Council chief executive David Richardson said the sport's governing body 'fully supports the decision to cancel the test match'.

Bangladesh's cricket team escaped unscathed the deadly shooting at a mosque in New Zealand.

The team were pictured on social media walking back through Hagley Park to the cricket ground and a Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) spokesman later told Reuters the team were in lockdown at their hotel. They're shocked like everyone else. "We have asked the team to stay confined in the hotel", he told AFP. "Frightening experience and please keep us in your prayers", batsman Tamim Iqbal wrote on Twitter following the attack. "We hope that this sort of incident never happens again". Heartbeats pumping badly and panic everywhere!

The attack on the Masjid Al Noor mosque in Hagley Park killed several people, the media in New Zealand reported.

"In a country like New Zealand, such sort of incident hardly occurs".

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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.

The team had another Indian coaching staff in Sunil Joshi who admitted the players are in deep shock and were not in a position to talk.

However, there have been reports of multiple deaths compelling New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern as the darkest day in their history.

Bangladesh's cricket team left New Zealand on Saturday, less than 24 hours after narrowly avoiding being involved in the worst mass shooting with cricket board officials saying the country is no longer immune from acts of terrorism.

According to ESPNcricinfo journalist Mohammad Isam, the players might actually have been three or four minutes earlier if not for a press conference that ran late. They didn't see anything but heard gunshots.

"Our heartfelt sympathies to the families of the victims and our thoughts are with them at this time of grave tragedy", the statement said. "I think they want to go back home as soon as possible".

As is the case for cricket teams that do not travel with their own dedicated security personnel - unlike England and Australia - the Bangladesh squad did not have security with them during their New Zealand tour.