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Mashud: Cricketers to return home immediately

  • Published at 01:25 pm March 15th, 2019
New Zealand attack
Police officers cordon off the area close to the mosque after a gunman filmed himself firing at worshippers inside in Christchurch Friday AFP

According to the Bangladesh team manager for the tour, arrangements are being made to make the team return home immediately

Bangladesh cricket team manager Khaled Mashud said they are all safe from the 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 for Friday afternoon prayers.

According to the Bangladesh cricket 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.

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.

According to the Bangladesh team manager for the tour, arrangements are being made to make the side return home immediately.

However, speaking of the challenge, former Bangladesh captain Mashud said, “We have already planned our return home. We are in continuous communication with the logistics team. The challenge here is to find so many tickets back home in one flight. Almost 19 people need to go back to Dhaka. The foreign staff of the team are going back to their respective homes. We are trying to manage it in the best way possible. May be it will be that the team will be divided into different groups in order to accommodate the flights but our main priority now is to fly out for home as soon as possible.”