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Bangladesh cricketers escape shooting attack in NZ mosque, tour called off

Press Trust of India  |  Christchurch 

The cricket team's tour of was Friday called off after the players had a narrow escape from a shooting attack on a mosque here, described as an "unprecedented act of violence" by the country's Arden.

The attack on the in Hagley Park killed several people, the reported.

The team, which was about to enter the mosque to offer prayers, escaped unscathed but the prevailing situation led to the authorities calling off the third and final Test match starting Saturday.

The match was the tour finale for the visitors.

"All members of the Cricket Team in Christchurch, are safely back in the hotel following the incident of shooting in the city. The (BCB) is in constant contact with the players and team management," the BCB said in a statement on its page.

Bangladesh's Performance Shrinivas Chandrasekeran, a Chennai-based computer-engineer-turned-cricket-analyst, also spoke about the incident on

"Just escaped active shooters. Heartbeats pumping badly and panic everywhere," he was quoted as saying by

Cricket tweeted to confirm the safety of the players and support staff.

"Our heartfelt condolences go out to the families and friends of those affected by the shocking situation in Christchurch. A joint decision between NZC and the @BCBtigers has been made to cancel the Hagley Oval Test. Again both teams and support staff groups are safe," it said.

Senior opener said it was a frightening experience for the team.

"...please keep us in your prayers," he tweeted.

Arden termed the shooting as "one of New Zealand's darkest days" and issued a strong statement condemning the attack.

"This is significant and I can tell you now this is and will be one of New Zealand's darkest days. I would describe it as an unprecedented act of violence, an act that has absolutely no place in New Zealand. This is not who we are," she said.

"Certainly it has occurred at a place where people should have been expressing their religious freedom, where they should have been in a safe environment, and they have not been today. There is no place in New Zealand for such extreme acts of unprecedented violence.

"The people who were the subject of this attack today, New Zealand is their home, they should be safe here. The person who has perpetuated this violent act against them, they have no place in New Zealand society," she added.

The players were initially barred from leaving the bus but, after several minutes, disembarked and made their way through to the Hagley Park ground. After that they went back to their hotel.

According to 'ESPNCricinfo', most of the coaching staff was in the team hotel at the time of the incident while was at the ground.

"Liton Das and Nayeem Hasan were also back in the hotel and have been contacted, and told to stay back at the hotel," the report stated.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, March 15 2019. 11:15 IST
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