After lucky escape, Bangladeshi cricketers Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim share ‘frightening’ experience on New Zealand terror attack on mosques


Players from the Bangladeshi cricket team had a narrow escape in Friday’s terror attack on New Zealand mosques. The gunman started firing indiscriminately as the players from the Bangladeshi team were about to enter the mosque. As expected, the players ran for cover.

Bangladeshi opening batsman Tamim Iqbal shared his harrowing experience on Twitter. He wrote, “Entire team got saved from active shooters!!! Frightening experience and please keep us in your prayers #christchurchMosqueAttack.”

Another player Mushfiqur Rahim tweeted, “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.”

A Bangladeshi reporter working for ESPNcricinfo website posted the video of the Bangladeshi players returning from the mosque as they looked incredibly frightened. Journalist Mohammad Isam wrote, “Bangladesh team escaped from a mosque near Hagley Park where there were active shooters. They ran back through Hagley Park back to the Oval.”

The team spokesperson Jalal Yunus told news agency AFP that most of the team were bussed to the mosque in Christchurch and were about to go inside when the incident happened. “They are safe. But they are mentally shocked. We have asked the team to stay confined in the hotel,” he was quoted as saying.

The Bangaldesh Cricket Board too took to Twitter to announce all players were safe. “All members of the Bangladesh Cricket Team in Christchurch, New Zealand are safely back in the hotel following the incident of shooting in the city. The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is in constant contact with the players and team management,” it tweeted.

Several people are believed to have been killed in the Friday’s terror attack on mosques. The Bangladesh team is currently in New Zealand for a cricket series. The Test match between Bangladesh and New Zealand at Hagley Oval scheduled to begin tomorrow has been cancelled.


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