It will take time to overcome Christchurch horror, says Bangladeshs Tamim

Heather Diaz
March 17, 2019

Shaken Bangladesh cricketers narrowly escaped deadly mosque attacks in Christchurch on Friday that cut short their New Zealand tour and prompted an emotional response from top sportspeople including a tearful Sonny Bill Williams. The players stayed on the bus for several minutes with their heads bowed to avoid potential flying bullets, he explained.

Bangladesh's global cricket team survived the mass shooting in a New Zealand mosque by a split second.

"This is shocking. This will change the entire fabric of global sports hosting", White said.

"There were bodies all over me", he said.

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

"This is significant and I can tell you now this is and will be one of New Zealand's darkest days".

Earlier, members of the Bangladesh cricket team described on social media their narrow escape from the mass shooting on New Zealand's South Island.

Bangladesh always ensures the highest security whenever it hosts foreign cricket teams, Hasina said affirming that Bangladesh would continue to do that.

"There was a shooting, people came into the mosque during prayers with an automatic rifle and opened fire within the mosque during prayers", she said.

Tonight's Super Rugby clash between the Highlanders and Crusaders has also been cancelled in the wake of the attacks.

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The Test in Christchurch was the first to be cancelled since 2002, when a match between Pakistan and New Zealand in Karachi was called off after a terrorist bombing in the city. "Every team has to be alerted", he said. A man, whose face can occasionally be seen in the rearview mirror, drives through the streets of Christchurch before pulling up in front of Al Noor Mosque, beside the sprawling Hagley Park.

"Both Martin and Lockie felt personally uncomfortable making the trip to Dunedin given the events in Christchurch, and also, the feelings and concerns of their partners and families", Simon Isley, the Auckland high-performance manager, said.

"Just deeply, deeply saddened that this would happen in New Zealand".

"It is better that we are returning. because everyone's family is anxious".

"It's about something much bigger and much more important than that". It's about life, it's about respect; it's about family and community.

"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".

A gunman has entered the crowded Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand at about 1.45pm local time.

"Our players fully respect the Canterbury team's decision", Central Districts CEO Pete de Wet said.

These are visuals of the team arriving at Christchurch airport.

"We are shocked and appalled as I'm sure all New Zealanders are".

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