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Friday Mar 15 2019

Bangladeshi cricket team safe, no players injured after New Zealand shooting: BCB CEO


The Bangladesh cricket team are safe and no players were injured in shooting incidents that took place at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch on Friday, said the chief executive officer (CEO) of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).

“We are in touch with our counterparts at the New Zealand Cricket Council and we have asked them to enhance security around our team,” Nizamuddin Chowdhury, the CEO of BCB told Reuters on Friday following the incident.

The Bangladesh cricket team, which is on tour in New Zealand, was arriving for prayers at one of the mosques when the shooting occurred.

Chowdhury said no decision has been taken yet on whether to pull out of the overseas tour at this time, and that Bangladesh would follow the advice of the New Zealand Cricket Council.

New Zealand and Bangladesh cancelled the Third Test after the attacks. 

The New Zealand Cricket Board confirmed the news of the Test match being called off on Twitter, “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 BCB has been made to cancel the Hagley Oval Test. Again both teams and support staff groups are safe.”

Bangladeshi cricketer Tamim Iqbal Khan said on Twitter: "Entire team got saved from active shooters!!!"

"Frightening experience and please keep us in your prayers," he added.

Mushfiqar Rahim also took to social media and wrote, " Alhamdulillah Allah save us today while shooting in Christchurch in the mosque...we r extremely lucky...never want to see this things happen again....pray for us."

Multiple fatalities were inflicted at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch on Friday when at least one gunman opened fire on worshippers forcing the city into lockdown as police launched a massive manhunt.

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