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New Zealand Cricket said all players and support staff were 'safe and accounted for, ' and a Bangladesh team spokesman later said all players had returned to the team hotel.

Mohammad Isam, a journalist traveling with the Bangladesh team, said he believed the players wish to leave New Zealand as soon as possible.

The Test was due to start at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Saturday, but the Bangladesh team left New Zealand less than 24 hours after the shooting and about an hour after the initial scheduled start time.

Bangladesh always ensures the highest security whenever it hosts foreign cricket teams, Hasina said affirming that Bangladesh would continue to do that.

At least 49 people were killed in the pre-meditated shootings at two mosques and more than 20 people have been seriously injured.

"The militants and terrorists have no religion, country or nation". The players enter the park and start to run, when someone tells them they should walk quickly.

Bangladesh, with its hectic efforts, managed to save the country from militancy and terrorism. "I would say we were really lucky", Mashud said. "I think everything changes now".

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

Opening batsman Tamim Iqbal called the near-miss "frightening", while team-mate Mushfiqur Rahim tweeted: "We r extremely lucky...never want to see this things happen again....pray for us".

The Bangladesh team's tour was called off after the players had a narrow escape.

Mario Villavarayen, a strength and fitness coach with the Bangladesh team, told New Zealand media the players did not see the shooter but heard shots.

"This is the first time that, not only in New Zealand but anywhere else, that I have experienced this".

New Zealand have not toured Pakistan since 2002 following a suicide bombing outside their hotel in Karachi and instead played their games in the United Arab Emirates. "We ask all mosques nationally to shut their doors, and advise that people refrain from visiting these premises until further notice".

At 1:45 p.m. on Friday afternoon, a gunman dressed in black, military style clothing opened fire on worshipers gathered for afternoon prayers at the Al Noor Mosque, only 10 minutes walk from the stadium. We were maximum 50 yards (45 metres) away.

New Zealand Cricket confirmed "that both teams and support staff groups are safe and accounted for". On Saturday, people across the country were reaching out to Muslims in their communities on social media to volunteer acts of kindness - offering rides to the grocery store or volunteering to walk with them if they felt unsafe.


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