Bangladesh’s cricket team escaped a fatal shooting at a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, yesterday.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said 49 people were yesterday killed in “terrorist attacks” at two mosques, while more than 40 people are seriously injured.
The Bangladesh team arrived at the Al Noor mosque, near the Hagley Oval — the venue of today’s now cancelled third Test — when the shooting started.
“Entire team got saved from active shooters,” tweeted batsman Tamim Iqbal.
Wicketkeeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim tweeted that the team was “extremely lucky” and he “never wants to see these things happen again”.
Bangladesh Cricket says the team are “safely back in the hotel” and the team will travel home “in the coming days”.
Team manager Khaled Mashud said had the team arrived “three or four minutes earlier”, they would have been in the mosque at the time of the shooting.