Panic everywhere!': Bangladesh cricket team thankful to have escaped New Zealand shooting

A Bangladesh player sits in silence at Christchurch airport

The Bangladesh team have now flown home to be with their families

David White, the CEO of New Zealand Cricket, has said "everything changes now" in terms of security around sports teams coming to the country in the wake of the terror attack in Christchurch which killed 49 people and saw the Bangladesh squad come very close to being caught up in the mosque shooting near Hagley Oval.

Bangladesh's cricket team escaped unscathed after a shooting at a mosque in central Christchurch, an official told AFP on Friday.

Calling it "one of New Zealand's darkest days", Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, "Clearly, what has happened here is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence".

The team, on a playing tour of New Zealand, was en route to Masjid Al Noor mosque for prayers when the tragedy unfolded.

Former Bangladesh cricketer Khaled Mashud, now the team's manager, said they were fortunate not to be in the Deans Avenue mosque when the shooting happened.

"In future, whenever we send our cricket team overseas we will do that after examining and reviewing the security matters of the host countries", Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said Saturday, according to the state-run news agency BSS.

"I don't they're in a mental state to play cricket at all, " he told Fairfax Media.

"We'll demand proper security wherever our team goes in future", BCB President Nazmul Hassan told reporters in Dhaka on Friday.

The next major tour New Zealand are set to host is when England visit for Tests and T20Is from late October with Christchurch expected to be one of the venues for the two Tests.

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Two Indonesians, a father and son, were also among those shot and wounded, Foreign Ministry spokesman Arrmanatha Nasir said. The family had fled the civil war in Syria in search of "a safe haven, only to be killed here", he said.

"Frightening experience and please keep us in your prayers".

"I saw some people drop dead and some people were running away", he said.

Opening batsman Tamim Iqbal, Bangladesh's highest run scorer, said he and his teammates were able to flee to safety following reports that 20 shots were fired. They had a narrow escape and remained unhurt.

As the players arrived at the ground they heard but did not see the shooting taking place.

New Zealand Cricket chief David White expressed grief at this hour for all the victims.

The incident took place around 1.45 pm local time when some of the team members had gone to pray near the venue while members of the coaching staff, with a few players, either at the hotel or the ground.

He posted, "Entire team got saved from active shooters!".

"He had a big gun and a lot of bullets and he came through and started shooting like everyone in the mosque, like everywhere, and they have to smash the door and the glass from the window and from the small door to try and get out". "The Bangladesh cricket team is our national asset", he said. "I think they want to go back home as soon as possible".

After being barred from getting off the bus for several minutes, the players escaped and are now "locked down" in their dressing room, per ESPNCricinfo.

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