Bangladesh cricketers arrive home after Christchurch massacre

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The Bangladeshi national cricket team barely evaded the terror attack in Christchurch on Friday that left at least 49 dead, ESPN reported.

"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.

When he was asked whether or not there were any suspicions that the attacker was aware of the presence of the team there and even deliberately targeted them, Isam said that he did not think so. "We will set a plan from now on to ensure proper security when our team will be on tour in future". The cricketers were on their way to the local Christchurch mosque to offer their Friday prayers when they got to know of what was happening inside the mosque. Former Bangladesh worldwide cricketer Sajol Ahmed Chowdhury gave thanks that all the players were safe. England's cricket team was provided security equal to that of a head of a state when they visited Bangladesh in 2016, months after one of the worst extremist attacks on foreigners in a Dhaka cafe.

"On behalf of New Zealand Cricket, heartfelt condolences to those affected", Mr White said.

Mushfiqur wrote on Twitter: "Alhamdulillah Allah save us today while shooting in Christchurch in the mosque...we r extremely lucky...never want to see this things happen again....pray for us".

The Bangladesh team at Hagley Oval after the attack.

The test match was canceled, and the Bangladesh squad was preparing to fly home on Saturday.

Armed police escort survivors to the hospital after the Christchurch mosque shooting
JOHN KIRK-ANDERSON STUFFArmed police escort survivors to the hospital after the Christchurch mosque shooting

The Bangladesh Vs New Zealand test match was also called off due to the New Zealand mosque attacks.

Bangladesh's coach, former England wicketkeeper Steve Rhodes, said: "Obviously the whole experience has cut up the whole team and staff".

Visitors head home after almost getting caught up in the terror attack that left 49 people dead, as questions rise whether New Zealand is safe from acts of extreme violence or terrorist attacks.

Bangladesh player Tamim Iqbal reacted on Twitter. "If we were there three to four minutes earlier, we would have been in the mosque", Mashud told reporters in Christchurch. "It is not only, say, Bangladesh or India or Pakistan at the high risk", he said. "There is no place in New Zealand for such acts of extreme and unprecedented violence, which it is clear this act was", Arden said.

They also abandoned a tour of Sri Lanka in 1987 following a bombing near their hotel in Colombo.

"Both teams, staff and match officials are safe and the ICC fully supports the decision to cancel the test match", chief executive David Richardson said.

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