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. New Zealand Cricket made the announcement through their official Twitter handle.
International Cricket Council chief executive David Richardson said the sport's governing body 'fully supports the decision to cancel the test match'. The players enter the park and start to run, when someone tells them they should walk quickly. "It's not just here, wherever we go, we don't get that much security", Nazmul Hassan told reporters in Dhaka. "Frightenning experience and please keep us in your prayers".
One of the alleged gunmen has been named as 28-year-old Australian Brenton Tarrant, who is said to have live-streamed footage on social media of the attack on Al Noor mosque.
Another player, Mushfiqur Rahim, noted that the team was "extremely lucky" to avoid the tragedy.
Bangladesh team escaped from a mosque near Hagley Park where there were active shooters.
"Hearts pumping badly and panic everywhere".
Meanwhile, as per reports, the team were on a bus that was pulling up to the mosque near Hagley Oval for Friday prayers when the shooting began but none of the players were inside.
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Armed police are seen following a shooting at the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand March 15, 2019.
New Zealand Cricket tweeted to confirm the safety of the players and support staff.
"I can say that everything will change after this incident".
As condolences poured in for the victims and their families, All Blacks centre Sonny Bill Williams, a devout Muslim, said his "heart is hurting" and posted an emotional video tribute.
"Later we realised terrorists could come out and attack us, they would get then the lot of us in the bus and big incident would happen". In Christchurch ahead of a scheduled match Saturday against the host nation, they went to pray at one of the two mosques attacked but managed to make it back safely to their hotel. "I'm sure all of New Zealand will take a look at their approach", he added.
"They have chosen to make New Zealand their home and it is their home. they are us". However, there have been reports of multiple deaths compelling New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern as the darkest day in their history.
"The coaching staff were all at the hotel".
He said he saw about four people injured and two people lying on the ground and did not know if they were alive or dead.