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Bangladesh team to return Saturday

  • Published at 05:30 pm March 15th, 2019
Bangladesh players
Visibly shaken Bangladesh cricketers and coaching staffs in the dressing room in Christchurch

Following the incident, New Zealand Cricket called off the remainder of the series with the touring Tigers

Bangladesh cricket team manager Khaled Mashud confirmed that they are set to take the flight at 12 noon Saturday from New Zealand, and reach Dhaka at night on the same day.

The former Bangladesh skipper informed so to the media Friday, a day that has been no less than a horror story for the Bangladesh team touring New Zealand. 

Majority of the Bangladesh team members escaped a heinous terror attack at Masjid Al Noor mosque in central Christchurch Friday. 

A group of Bangladesh cricketers following a practice session at Hagley Oval had headed to the nearby mosque Friday for afternoon prayers. 

According to the Bangladesh team members, they stayed in their bus when the players were informed of the attack by a local. 

The cricketers were initially advised and barred from getting off the bus by the New Zealand cricket officials. 

However, after several minutes, the seniors in the team took the decision to walk back from the Hagley Park to the ground. 

Spending almost half an hour in the dressing room, they then went back to their hotel after security measures were taken in accordance with the situation.

Following the incident, New Zealand Cricket called off the remainder of the series with the touring Tigers.

Bangladesh were set to lock horns with New Zealand in the third and final Test of the series at Hagley Oval from Saturday.

“We all are in the hotel right now. Everyone is worried, which is normal, but we all are doing fine and safe in the hotel now. The third Test has been called off. I was informed this over the phone and soon this will be communicated over email by evening (as per New Zealand time),” said Mashud to the media in Christchurch following the incident Friday.