NZ shooting: Tamim urges countrymen to pray for them

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15 March, 2019 09:43 AM

NZ shooting: Tamim urges countrymen to pray for them

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Bangladesh Cricket Team opening batsman Tamim Iqbal Khan has urged the countrymen to pray for the players soon after they narrowly escaped a mass shooting at a Christchurch mosque.

He tweeted: "Entire team got saved from active shooters. Frightening experience and please keep us in your prayers."

The players and members of the team's coaching staff were reportedly on their bus, approaching the Masjid Al Noor mosque in Hagley Park when the shooting incident occurred.

BCB Director Kazi Inam Ahmed wrote on his Facebook post: "Our Bangladesh cricketers are safe now in New Zealand. I spoke to both Riyad and Tamim. They had just arrived at the mosque when the shooting started and were on the bus. They remained in the bus, on the floor and urged the driver to open the door. Once the bus driver opened the door they walked to the Stadium as it was 10 minutes from the mosque and then they walked back to the hotel."

" At no point, they had any security or armed guard to escort them. The series has been called off by the BCB and NZC and the players will come back soon. Really shocked to see this terrorist attack take place in NZL. Prayers and thoughts for all the innocent lives lost," he added. 

Performance analyst Shrinivas Chandrasekeran, also tweeted: "Just escaped active shooters. Heartbeats pumping badly and panic everywhere."

"I spoke to one of them [BD players] shortly after the incident happened.They didn't see anything but heard gunshots. They were at the ground and just started running," said Mario Villavarayen, a strength and conditioning coach with the team. 

"The coaching staff were all at the hotel now," he added. 

The team is reported to have left the bus and fled on foot to nearly Hagley Oval where it is due to play New Zealand in a test match starting on Saturday.

Team manager Khaled Mashud has remained in contact with officials from New Zealand Cricket and the Bangladesh Cricket Board.