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16 March 2019, 03:26 | Devin Moran
The Bangladesh team have now flown home to be with their families
The Bangladesh team were on a bus that was approaching the Al Noor mosque, where 41 people died, on the eve of the third Test at nearby Hagley Oval when the shooting began.
They lost their one-day worldwide series 3-0 and have also lost the three-Test series after New Zealand claimed victory in the opening two matches.
Bangladesh s cricket team escaped unscathed after a shooting at a mosque in central Christchurch, an official told AFP on Friday. The players left the mosque quickly but were shaken up due to the incident.
Mario Villavarayen, a strength and conditioning coach with the Bangladesh team, told New Zealand media the players did not see the shooter but heard shots.
Mohammad Islam, a journalist traveling with the Bangladesh team, earlier said he believed the players would leave New Zealand as soon as possible.
"We'll demand proper security wherever our team goes in future", BCB President Nazmul Hassan told reporters in Dhaka on Friday.
However, the team canceled the match and the tour immediately.
New Zealand Police said that three men and one woman had been taken into custody. "We cancelled the net session and started for the prayers", Srinivas, who played for the St Therese Convent School in Dombivli and Kelkar College in Mulund, said. In the end, the players survived the attack and returned to their hotel safely, however, many players witnessed the incident from their bus and could hear shooting from inside the mosque, leaving many players traumatized.
The Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (FICA), a body which acts on behalf of players, said in a statement: "FICA, on behalf of its members and cricketers around the world, sends its prayers and sympathies to the people of Christchurch following today's horrendous attacks". ".never want to see this things happen again.pray for us".
New Zealand police commissioner Mike Bush said police had made four arrests in connection with the attack, which included multiple improvised explosive devices attached to vehicles.
"I spoke to one of them shortly after, " Vllavarayen said.
"We could see blood-stained people stagger out of the mosque from our bus". "They were shouting "shooter, shooter", he said horrified at what could've been.
Opening batsman Tamim Iqbal tweeted: "Entire team got saved from active shooters!". Even as they were alighting the bus, they saw a lady collapsing on the street. "The Bangladesh cricket team is our national asset", he said.
The team were in Hagley Park and have gone back to the Oval.
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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