Bangladesh cricketers escape New Zealand mosque shooting

A Bangladesh player sits in silence at Christchurch airport

The Bangladesh team have now flown home to be with their families

Bangladesh Cricket Board spokesman Jalal Yunus later said the team were "shocked" but unharmed and had been ordered to stay in the team hotel.

New Zealand Cricket said the host team's Saturday test against Bangladesh was canceled and that the visiting squad was flying back to Bangladesh as soon as possible. Mario Villavarayen, the team's strength and conditioning coach, said it had been a close call.

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

"It will certainly take some time for us to get out of it (the state of shock) after the experience we had here", Tamim told reporters at Christchurch airport moments before the team left for Bangladesh on Saturday.

"Certainly it has occurred at a place where people should have been expressing their religious freedom, where they should have been in a safe environment, and they have not been today".

"We'd initially been looking at the players and the support staff returning in two batches, but we've managed seats for all, obviously not in the Business Class". The report further claimed that most of the staff members had stayed in the hotel while head coach Steve Rhodes was at the ground.

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern condemned the incident and said, "This is one of New Zealand's darkest days".

"We are not sure what their security system is".

"We'll certainly be having to look at our security in depth. I don't think anyone ... in this country, would say that rugby was the most important thing".

Cricket teams have previously abandoned tours amid outbreaks of violence.

The team arrived at the mosque after a news conference for their upcoming match, which has now been canceled. 'I've spoken to my counterpart at Bangladesh cricket - we agree it's inappropriate to play cricket at this time.

"It's quite unbelievable really".

In a brief statement posted on Twitter, Bangladesh confirmed the team were safe.

Bangladeshi batsman Tamim Iqbal also wrote about the attack on social media.

Entire team got saved from active shooters! Another player, Mushfiqur Rahim, noted that the team was "extremely lucky" to avoid the tragedy.

"W$3 e r extremely lucky", Mushfiqur said. White said Friday's incident would "greatly affect" the country. At first, we thought she had fainted, but then after five seconds, we heard continuous firing from a gun.

The Masjid al Noor was filled with worshippers, including members of the Bangladesh cricket team.

Pakistan still host almost all of their global matches in the United Arab Emirates due to ongoing security concerns.

"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", Auckland's high performance manager Simon Insley said.

2002 NZ tour of Pakistan: New Zealand were touring Pakistan in 2002 when a bomb went off outside their hotel.

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