The Bangladesh cricket team, which is touring New Zealand for a series, escaped unhurt in the mosque shooting incident that claimed 40 lives, reports The Guardian.
All members of the Bangladesh Cricket Team in Christchurch, are safely back in the hotel following the incident of shooting in the city.— Bangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) March 15, 2019
The Bangladesh Cricket Board is in constant contact with the players and team management.#ChristchurchMosqueAttack pic.twitter.com/TTpIFxLp05
Going to to offer Friday prayer in the mosque, the team was about to get down from the bus when they saw people coming out wounded.
Panicked, they decided to stay inside for 10 minutes after which they ran through Hagley Park reached Hagley Oval where they were supposed to play the third Test.
Bangladesh team escaped from a mosque near Hagley Park where there were active shooters. They ran back through Hagley Park back to the Oval. pic.twitter.com/VtkqSrljjV— Mohammad Isam (@Isam84) March 15, 2019
Once all the team members were back in the hotel, the performance analyst confirmed that the team ‘escaped active shooters’.
Just escaped active shooters!!! Heartbeats pumping badly and panic everywhere!! #ChristchurchMosque— Shrinivas (@chinu1501) March 15, 2019
According to a report from Washington Post, a spokesperson for the team told AFP:
They are safe. But they are mentally shocked. We have asked the team to stay confined in the hotel.
Later, Bangladesh players Tamim Iqbal Khan and Mushfiqur Rahim tweeted about the incident.
Alhamdulillah Allah save us today while shooting in Christchurch in the mosque…we r extremely lucky…never want to see this things happen again….pray for us— Mushfiqur Rahim (@mushfiqur15) March 15, 2019
Entire team got saved from active shooters!!! Frightening experience and please keep us in your prayers #christchurchMosqueAttack— Tamim Iqbal Khan (@TamimOfficial28) March 15, 2019