Bangladesh cricket team forced to flee Christchurch Mosque after shooting incident

President of Bangladesh Cricket Board Nazmul Hassan Papon centre speaks during a press conference on the status of the country's cricket team after Friday's mass shootings in New Zealand in Dhaka Bangladesh on Friday

'Shots fired' near mosque in New Zealand

Forty-nine people have been shot dead and 48 injured in attacks at two mosques during Friday prayers in Christchurch, the worst mass shooting in New Zealand's history.

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

New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White said the country would now also need to accept they were no longer immune from acts of extreme violence and that would need to be factored in when they hosted sports events and teams.

"Both teams are deeply affected".

But when I look to my right, towards the entrance of a motel, it becomes clear: There's a body on the ground, being attended to by paramedics.

Earlier, members of the Bangladesh cricket team described on social media how they narrowly avoided the mosque shooting on New Zealand's South Island.

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Members of the Bangladesh cricket team expressed their gratitude Friday at escaping a mass shooting in New Zealand.

Bangladesh cricketer Tamim Iqbal labeled the incident as a "frightening" experience on Twitter.

Bangladesh's performance analyst Shrinivas Chandrasekaran added: "Just escaped active shooters. Heartbeats pumping badly and panic everywhere".

Armed police patrol outside a mosque in central Christchurch.

"Allah save [d] us today while shooting in Christchurch in the mosque. we r [are] extremely lucky. never want to see this things happen again" Test captain Mushfiqur Rahim wrote on Twitter.

"It's miracle that I am alive", Srinivas Chandrasekeran, a Mumbaibased electronics and communications engineer, told Mirror from New Zealand, shuddering to recall the bloodbath at a Christchurch mosque. They had a narrow escape and remained unhurt.

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"I spoke to one of them shortly after [the incident]".

Much of the coaching staff were back in the team hotel while the head coach Steve Rhodes was at the ground.

Bangladesh Cricket Board spokesman Jalal Yunus later said the team were "shocked" but unharmed and had been ordered to stay in the team hotel.

They were due to play New Zealand in the third Test of their series but that match, due to start on Saturday at Canterbury's Hagley Oval, has been cancelled.

"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. A man, whose face can occasionally be seen in the rearview mirror, drives through the streets of Christchurch before pulling up in front of Al Noor Mosque, beside the sprawling Hagley Park.

As with the Sri Lanka players in Lahore exactly a decade ago, the Mahmudullahs ducked till possibly a lull in the shooting brought the realisation that they could end up as sitting ducks in the team bus.

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They stayed in the bus for eight to 10 minutes before leaving it after sensing danger, according to Mashud.

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