Bangladesh cricket team flees New Zealand mosque shooting scene
Mar 16 2019
They made phone calls to find out what exactly was going on and then journalists accompanied the players on foot through a back gate to the Hagley Ovalcricket ground, less than a mile away, according to Mashud and ESPN cricket reporter Mohammad Isam, who joined the players at one point.
The players have been told to stay indoors and a planned meeting at the team hotel was cancelled.
Mario Villavarayen, a strength and conditioning coach with the Bangladesh team, told New Zealand media the players did not see the shooter but heard shots. They lost their one-day global series 3-0 and have also lost the three-Test series after New Zealand claimed victory in the opening two matches.
They didn't see anything but heard gunshots.
Bangladesh cricket team's manager Khaled Mashud Pilot revealed the frightful feeling inside the team bus outside the mosque at Hagley Oval when a gunman opened fire. "Again both teams and support staff groups are safe", the Black Caps tweeted.
An eyewitness told Radio New Zealand he saw "blood everywhere", while another said (via AFP) he saw children being shot. In the end, the players survived the attack and returned to their hotel safely, however, many players witnessed the incident from their bus and could hear shooting from inside the mosque, leaving many players traumatized.
The Bangladesh cricket team escaped the Christchurch Mosque where a shooting incident took place on Friday afternoon. "Frightening experience and please keep us in your prayers", the opening Bangladeshi batsman wrote on Twitter.
Police said a shooter also entered another mosque at Linwood Avenue, and confirmed there had been multiple fatalities. "This violence has absolutely no place in New Zealand this is not who we are".
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern describing the shootings as "one of New Zealand's darkest days".
"It was very traumatic there and people were running out from that mosque presumably and the Bangladesh players were coming out", he said. Bangladesh team narrowly escaped New Zealand mosque shooting. They have chosen to make New Zealand their home and it is their home. "Lots of police and ambulance have come, and they did not allow us to go in the mosque or to get close to it", he said.
White said he had spoken to the liaison officer with the Bangladesh team and the players were "shocked".