Bangladesh team leave a changed New Zealand after mosque shootings

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An global cricket match between New Zealand and Bangladesh has been cancelled after players from the visiting team narrowly avoided a mass shooting at a mosque in Christchurch on Friday.

The team's opening batsman Tamim Iqbal said he believes it will not be easy for the national cricket team to overcome the shock of the attack.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) led the cricketing world in sending their condolences to the families and friends of those affected by the "horrendous incident in Christchurch".

"I don't they're in a mental state to play cricket at all, " he told Fairfax Media.

We were in the bus and we too panicked and asked the driver if we could leave the area, he told us the only way out was through the mosque, and that was extremely risky for us.

"Frightening experience and please keep us in your prayers #christchurchMosqueAttack". 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.

Player Mushfiqur Rahim posted 'Alhamdulillah Allah save us today while shooting in Christchurch in the mosque. "We hope that this sort of incident never happens again".

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An extended Media conference by Bangladesh's cricket captain, Mahmudullah Riyad, probably saved the lives of 14 players and three members of the support staff, including analyst Shrinivas Chandrasekaran from India, in Christchurch on Friday afternoon.

Bangladesh team manager Khaled Mashud says they were 50 yards away from the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch when a gunman entered and killed 41 people.

Bangladesh, by the way, have had an otherwise uneventful tour: Lost the three-match ODI series 0-3 and got defeated in the first two Tests.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern condemned the attacks as "one of New Zealand's darkest days".

Bangladesh's cricket team left New Zealand on Saturday, less than 24 hours after narrowly avoiding being involved in the worst mass shooting with cricket board officials saying the country is no longer immune from acts of terrorism. The third Test between the two countries, scheduled at the Hagley Oval now stands canceled. I chose to go to the mosque with the other team members, and later, we all could assemble at the grounds. The players just started running when they heard the shots.

Mahsud said they stayed in the bus about eight to 10 minutes with their heads down as they feared there could be shooting targeting the players.

I start running towards the main road, when a lady, also heading out in her auto, asks if I need a ride.

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