The Bangladesh cricket team escaped unhurt from a deadly shooting at a mosque in Christchurch on Friday. Multiple casualties have been reported in the shooting.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board spokesperson said many players from the team were about to go inside the mosque when the shooting happened. He confirmed that the team is safe, though shaken, and have been asked to stay in their hotel rooms.
Batsman Tamim Iqbal tweeted that the team was safe. “Entire team got saved from active shooters!!! Frightening experience and please keep us in your prayers.”
The official Twitter handle of Bangladesh cricket also tweeted that the team was safe. “All members of the Bangladesh Cricket Team in Christchurch, are safely back in the hotel following the incident of shooting in the city. The Bangladesh Cricket Board is in constant contact with the players and team management.”
Meanwhile, the Twitter handle of New Zealand cricket tweeted that the Test between Bangladesh and New Zealand scheduled to start on Saturday in Christchurch has been called off. “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.”