Bangladesh cricket team escape shooting at Christchurch mosque

Virat Kohli condemns New Zealand terror attack calls it 'shocking and tragic'

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A lone gunman killed 49 people and wounded more than 20 during Friday prayers at two mosques in Christchurch in the country's worst mass shooting which Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern condemned as "a terrorist attack".

"FICA has been in contact with the New Zealand Cricket Players' Association and Cricketers' Welfare Association of Bangladesh and full support has been offered to the Bangladesh players and the touring squad on the ground".

"Our heartfelt condolences go out to the families and friends of those affected by the shocking situation in Christchurch", announced Black Caps Twitter account.

International Cricket Council chief executive David Richardson said the sport's governing body 'fully supports the decision to cancel the test match'.

The third and final Test match of Bangladesh's tour, scheduled to start in Christchurch on Saturday, was quickly scrapped. Jalal Yunus, the spokesperson of the BCB, said that most of the players were on the bus when the incident happened and was about to enter the mosque. But they are mentally shocked.

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.

The team's cricketer Tamim Iqbal Khan wrote: "Entire team got saved from active shooters". Soumya Sarkar was also there, and we were all heading to the mosque for prayers.

"It was very traumatic there and people were running out from that mosque presumably and the Bangladesh players were coming out, " he said. "We hope that this sort of incident never happens again".

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Performance analyst Shrinivas Chandrasekeran, also on Twitter, said "Just escaped active shooters".

We all lay flat on the floor of the bus, we did not move until the shooting stopped.

"We are lucky that if the players had either gotten off the bus later or gone to the mosque earlier it would have been hard to get out".

"I've been here three times, this is a really fantastic country, New Zealand people are very lovely, it's one of the best countries in the world I've seen in my career". "I think the idea of New Zealand being a safe haven is gone now".

Srinivas studied engineering in Chennai and also played in the Chennai league before doing his specialisation on cricket analysis. "I couldn't put it into words how I'm feeling right now", said Williams, wiping away tears as he spoke.

Isam said the whole team was under lockdown in their hotel and, as the match has been postponed, they are expecting to return to Bangladesh on Saturday.

"The players heard shots being fired, they saw people tumbling out of the gates and ducked under the bus".

"The team plan was that a few of them chose to go to the mosque, which is close to the ground. About 10 minutes later they ran out of the bus and ran through Hagley Park and into the Hagley Oval".

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