Bangladesh cricket team escapes NZ mosque shooting

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

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden said that the attack was an "unprecedented act of violence" and "one of New Zealand's darkest days". One male has since been charged with murder.

Bangladesh Cricket Board spokesman Jalal Yunus said most of the team were bussed to the mosque in Christchurch and were about to go inside for Friday prayers when the incident happened.

"They are at the ground, they are shaken but good".

The match was cancelled following the attacks. "We are all so saddened by the awful tragedy in Christchurch, and out of respect, neither our players nor team management will comment further on the Plunket Shield championship until the completion of the final round".

"If we had reached the mosque three to four minutes before, then it would have been a massive incident", he said. Players and team staff had earlier taken to social media to recount their narrow escape.

"Entire team got saved from active shooters. We cancelled the net session and started for the prayers", Srinivas, who played for the St Therese Convent School in Dombivli and Kelkar College in Mulund, said.

When the Bangladesh team realised the shooters could inflict more damage if they spotted them on the bus, they made the collective decision to disembark and escape for Hagley Oval through South Hagley Park.

"Hearts pumping badly and panic everywhere".

The Bangladesh team were on a bus that was approaching the Al Noor mosque, where 41 people died, on the eve of the third Test at nearby Hagley Oval when the shooting began.

"Pak suffered same situation years back n can feel n relate to the pain n misery", Pakistan's information minister Fawad Chaudhry said on Twitter. Bangladesh team analyst Shrinivas Chandrasekaran said on Twitter.

According to him, there were 17-18 of them, including Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar, in the team bus, of which 15 would have gone inside the mosque.

"The global cricket community was shocked to hear that the Bangladesh cricket team was so close to the incident".

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 am sure all New Zealanders are", NZC CEO David White said.

"FICA has been in contact with the New Zealand Cricket Players' Association and Cricketers' Welfare Association of Bangladesh and full support has been offered to the Bangladesh players and the touring squad on the ground". "I've spoken to my counterpart at Bangladesh cricket - we agree it's inappropriate to play cricket at this time". Both teams are deeply affected.

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