WELLINGTON (Reuters) – The Bangladesh cricket staff narrowly have shyed away from being stuck up in a capturing at a mosque in Christchurch on Friday that left 30 useless and compelled the cancellation of a take a look at fit towards hosts New Zealand.
AOS (Armed Offenders Squad) thrust back participants of the general public following a capturing on the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 15, 2019. REUTERS/SNPA/Martin Hunter
No less than one gunman killed 49 other people and wounded greater than 20 throughout Friday prayers at two New Zealand mosques within the nation’s worst ever mass capturing which Top Minister Jacinda Ardern condemned as “a terrorist assault”.
The staff have been on a bus that was once coming near the Al Noor mosque at the eve of the 3rd take a look at at close by Hagley Oval when the capturing started.
Mario Villavarayen, the staff’s power and conditioning trainer, stated it have been a detailed name.
“They have been at the bus, which was once simply pulling as much as the mosque when the capturing begun,” he informed Reuters by the use of Twitter.
“They’re on the flooring, they’re shaken however just right.”
The staff have been pictured on social media strolling again via Hagley Park to the cricket flooring and a BCB spokesman later informed Reuters the staff have been in lockdown at their resort.
“All our gamers at the moment are secure of their resort which has been cordoned off,” the spokesman stated. “We’ve got prompt the gamers to not step out.
“Importantly, our gamers are secure.”
New Zealand Cricket stated that they had selected to cancel the take a look at, which was once the overall fit of the excursion, after discussions with the Bangladesh board.
“I spoke to my counterpart in Bangladesh and we agree it’s irrelevant to play cricket presently,” leader government David White informed TVNZ.
“It’s rather fantastic actually. We’re stunned.”
White stated he had spoken to the liaison officer with the Bangladesh staff and the gamers have been “stunned”.
“Preparations are being made for the go back of the Bangladesh staff house once imaginable,” NZC stated in a observation.
Opening batsman Tamim Iqbal stated on Twitter the revel in have been “scary”.
“Complete staff were given stored from energetic shooters!!! Scary revel in and please stay us to your prayers,” he wrote.
Mushfiqur Rahim, who ignored the primary two checks via damage, stated the staff have been lucky to keep away from the capturing.
“we r extraordinarily fortunate,” Mushfiqur stated. “…by no means need to see this issues occur once more….pray for us.”
“SHOCKED AND APPALLED”
Violent crime is terribly uncommon in New Zealand and White stated Friday’s incident would “very much impact” the rustic.
“It’s clearly early days in a moderately fluid state of affairs (however) it’s one thing that we as New Zealanders have to take a look at as neatly,” he stated.
“We’re stunned and appalled as I’m positive all New Zealanders are.”
Cricket groups have prior to now deserted excursions as a result of violent assaults however maximum have been in South Asia, together with Bangladesh which Australia determined towards traveling in 2015 as a result of safety fears.
Sri Lanka’s staff bus was once attacked by way of gunmen in Lahore throughout their excursion of Pakistan in 2009. Six participants of the staff have been wounded, whilst six safety team of workers and two civilians have been killed.
Pakistan nonetheless host the vast majority of their world fits within the United Arab Emirates because of ongoing safety considerations.
“Pak suffered identical state of affairs years again n can really feel n relate to the ache n distress,” Pakistan’s data minister Fawad Chaudhry stated on Twitter.
New Zealand deserted their 1987 excursion of Sri Lanka following a bombing close to their resort in Colombo by which greater than 100 other people have been killed.
In addition they deserted a excursion of Pakistan in Might 2002 following a suicide bombing out of doors their resort in Karachi.
The World Cricket Council (ICC) led the cricketing international in sending their condolences to the households and pals of the ones suffering from the “horrendous incident in Christchurch”.
“Each groups, group of workers and fit officers are secure and the ICC totally helps the verdict to cancel the take a look at fit,” leader government David Richardson stated.
Further reporting by way of Colin Packham in Sydney, Amlan Chakraborty in New Delhi and Ruma Paul in Dhaka, Modifying by way of Peter Rutherford