Bangladesh cricketers fly home from New Zealand

Bangladesh cricketers fly home from New Zealand

The Bangladesh team were set to leave Christchurch at midday, and while happy to be heading home to their families, Mashud said they wanted to pass on their support to the New Zealand people.

Bangladesh cricketers were left shaken after they narrowly escaped the deadly mosque attacks in Christchurch yesterday that cut short their New Zealand tour and prompted an emotional response from top sportsmen, including rugby star Sonny Bill Williams.

Mahmudllah also thanked the BCB and New Zealand Cricket for making arrangements to help them return home quickly.

"All members of the Bangladesh Cricket Team in Christchurch, New Zealand are safely back in the hotel following the incident of shooting in the city", they said.

Mashud said about 17 Bangladeshi players and team staff on the bus watched as blood-soaked victims staggered from the building.

The Bangladesh team were on a bus approaching the al-Noor mosque - where at least 30 people were killed - when the shooting began.

Local media said multiple people were killed in the incident.

'Later we realised terror could come out an attack on us, they would get then lot of us in the bus and big incident would happen, then we all made a decision to leave the bus, ' Mashud said.

"The militants and terrorists have no religion, country or nation. We came and ran to the ground". "Militancy and terrorism can never bring any good to anyone", she said.

Bangladesh and New Zealand previously met in a Feb 16 match in Christchurch
Bangladesh and New Zealand previously met in a Feb 16 match in Christchurch

"The Bangladesh team may have prayed at the same mosque before but I don't think they were the target", he underscored.

All the team members of Bangladesh Cricket Team has been departed from New Zealand under police escort.

"I've been here three times, this is a really fantastic country, New Zealand people are very lovely, it's one of the best countries in the world I've seen in my career".

Saturday's Third and final test match between Bangladesh and New Zealand has been canceled.

"It looked like video, what we usually see in a movie".

Opening batsman Tamim Iqbal also tweeted: "Entire team got saved from active shooters!". He described the experience as "frightening". 'Both teams, staff and match officials are safe'. The prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, said this was "one of New Zealand's darkest days" as police uncovered explosive devices attached to cars and commissioner Mike Bush urged all mosques across the country to close their doors for the time being.

WELLINGTON, March 16 (Reuters) - A raft of top class sporting events were cancelled in New Zealand on Saturday as a traumatised nation started burying the dead from the worst peacetime mass killing in its history.

"It's been great to be back around the group, they've been really welcoming again and it's nearly like we never left, so everything is on the right track", Smith said.

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