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3rd test canceled: Bangladesh team flees mosque shooting

16 March 2019
3rd test canceled: Bangladesh team flees mosque shooting

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

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

"They were on the bus, which was just pulling up to the mosque when the shooting begun", Mario Villavarayen, strength and conditioning coach of the Bangladesh cricket team, told Reuters in a message.

The third and final Test at Hagley Oval - which was due to start on Saturday - was called off following the attacks and the Bangladesh squad will fly home as soon as possible.

Much of the coaching staff were back in the team hotel while the head coach Steve Rhodes was at the ground. In the end, the players survived the attack and returned to their hotel safely, however, many players witnessed the incident from their bus and could hear shooting from inside the mosque, leaving many players traumatized.

There were reports of armed police at a second mosque in the suburb of Linwood.

Opening batsman Iqbal tweeted: "entire team got saved from active shooters".

One man who was inside the mosque told local media that there would normally be about 50 to 60 people worshipping inside the building. According to New Zealand news site TVNZ, the incident took place at a mosque on Deans Ave, near Hagley Park. "The persons who perpetrated this violence against us. have no place in New Zealand".

"Horrified to hear of Christchurch mosque shootings".

Addressing a media conference in New Plymouth, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the events in Christchurch as "one of New Zealand's darkest days".

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

At a news conference, Police Commissioner Mike Bush advised "anyone that was thinking of going to a mosque anywhere in New Zealand today not to go, to close your doors until you hear from us again".

"There were bodies all over me", he said. The police have warned worshippers not to visit mosques "anywhere in New Zealand". New Zealand Cricket made the announcement through their official Twitter handle. "That is why we feel that the security that countries like Bangladesh gives to other teams when they come to play in Bangladesh, we should also get the similar type of security arrangement or support from the host country".

The decision to leave for the ground was fateful, Mashud said, because the shooting continued outside. I'm new in Christchurch, I didn't know who to contact.