Test match axed as ‘shaken’ Bangladesh cricketers narrowly avoid mosque massacre

A note is seen beside floral tributes at a makeshift memorial for victims

An worldwide 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 Bangladesh team were set to leave Christchurch at midday, and while happy to be heading home to their families, Mashud said they wanted to pass on their support to the New Zealand people.

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".

Soon after the attack, the New Zealand cricket body announced that the scheduled cricket match, which was to take place at the Hagle Oval, not very far from the site of the attack, was canceled. "They are safe. But they are shocked".

Batsman and record run-scorer Tamin Iqbal tweeted that he and his teammates had been saved from "active shooters", describing the experience as "frightening". "There were 18 of us and it was a terrifying experience because none of us have seen something like this before".

Local media said multiple people were killed in the incident.

'Everyone have seen (what had happened), we did not expect this, we were lucky, ' Mashud told reporters in Christchurch. Performance analyst Shrinivas Chandrasekaran posted: "Just escaped active shooters. Heartbeats pumping badly and panic everywhere".

The Bangladeshi national cricket team barely evaded the terror attack in Christchurch on Friday that left at least 49 dead, ESPN reported.

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"Many of those who would have been affected by this shooting may be migrants to New Zealand".

However, the third and final test Bangladesh was to play against New Zealand starting tomorrow has been cancelled as a result of this incident. It was an unprecedented act of violence.

A bus carrying members of the Bangladesh cricket team had just driven into a street near the mosque when the shooting started.

After arriving at the site, the team were reportedly told to stay on the bus outside the mosque on Deans Avenue before travelling back to Hagley Oval on foot.

Visitors head home after almost getting caught up in the terror attack that left 49 people dead, as questions rise whether New Zealand is safe from acts of extreme violence or terrorist attacks.

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.

Players sheltered aboard the bus as shots rang out.

As with the Sri Lanka players in Lahore exactly a decade ago, the Mahmudullahs ducked till possibly a lull in the shooting brought the realisation that they could end up as sitting ducks in the team bus. He also added they had asked them no to go out of the hotel.

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