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BCB supremo upset with lack of security in New Zealand

  • Published at 05:27 pm March 15th, 2019
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An injured person is loaded into an ambulance following a shooting at Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday, March 15, 2019 Reuters

Australia and England teams were afforded optimum security during their visits to Bangladesh in recent years but Nazmul Hasan informed that not all the Bangladesh players got security Friday

Bangladesh cricket team players avoided the heinous mass murder in New Zealand but many questions regarding security were raised after the traumatic incident Friday.

The Tigers, who were supposed to play the third and final Test of their New Zealand tour from Saturday, were in Christchurch and some of the players were intending to attend the Friday noon prayers at one of the mosques, Masjid Al Noor, where the killers with loaded guns shot mercilessly, killing at least 49 people.

It was known that there were no security personnel with the visiting players who were supposed to join the Friday congregation and they would have been completely helpless and consequences would have been horrific if they were present at the mosque when the dreadful occurrence took place.  

“When we make tours in countries like Australia and New Zealand we do not get the same level of security that we provide them that when they tour Bangladesh,” said BCB president Nazmul Hasan in Dhaka after the incident. 

Australia and England teams were afforded optimum security during their visits to Bangladesh in recent years but Nazmul informed that not all the Bangladesh players got security Friday. 

“Our team were divided in three groups. There were security personnel with the players in the training ground. A liaison officer accompanied the coach and other staffs who went for lunch. Another group was heading towards the mosque but there were no security people with them. Now, I need to enquire whether they informed about their intention of visiting the mosque. But the thing was, they had no security personnel with them,” added Nazmul. 

He also described the journalists the situation, and thanked the Almighty for saving the Tigers. 

“When our players were heading towards the mosque, there was a bus in front of the mosque and there was a car. A woman came out of the car and forbade them not to step forward for the mosque. They heard the shooting and saw two people were getting out of the mosque. If the players had come early, they would have been inside the mosque. If our players were outside the mosque when the killers came out, they might have been shot. Thanks to Allah, it did not happen,” said the BCB boss.

“Our players were escorted by police 20 minutes later and I heard everyone, including the journalists are safe,” he added.

Although Nazmul talked about the lack of security, he also mentioned the situation was least expected in a peaceful country like New Zealand. 

The country has not observed such attack and their Prime Minister also said they would not tolerate these sort of terrorist attacks. 

New Zealand is a very tourist friendly and calm, and a country of pristine beauty.  

New Zealand is only second to Norway in terms of personal freedom enjoyed by its citizens according to recent Legatum Prosperity Index, which ranks countries "based on access to legal rights, freedom of speech and religion, and social tolerance, notably towards immigrants and ethnic minorities.

Cricketers around the world also enjoy the freedom there and security was never a big concern. 

Nazmul thought the situation will be changed from now on. 

“It is not that other teams are getting security and we are not. Perhaps they [New Zealand authority] thought it was not needed. But things will be changed from now on. Every country must be alert about the situation,” said the BCB chief.

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