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30 seconds made the difference between life and death: Tamim Iqbal after Christchurch attack

The Bangladesh players returned home yesterday night.

Tamim Iqbal
Tamim Iqbal. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The day before yesterday, the Bangladesh cricket team was encountered with a shambolic incident in New Zealand. A gunman by the name of Brendan Tarrant started shooting in a mosque in Christchurch where the Tigers’ players went in order to offer prayers. The cricketers stayed inside the team bus for 10 minutes, engulfed in terror after which the police escorted them to the stadium and then to the hotel.

The death toll has been increasing ever since and the horrendous occurring has turned out to be a massive development, so much so that the New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern termed it as ‘one of the darkest days in the country’s’ history. Yesterday, the mentally-jarred Bangladesh players were escorted to the Christchurch Airport from where they returned home at night.

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It was just a matter of 30 seconds

In the meantime, Tamim Iqbal, the left-handed opening batsman, who was also a witness to a shambolic incident, tweeted about the well-being of the cricketers. Recently, while going to the airport, he also had an interaction with Mohammad Isam, ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. During the chat, he reminisced the incident and said that a bit of unawareness would’ve led to their death.

“On our way to the airport, we were telling each other that if things had gone wrong by even a little bit, it would have been our dead bodies, not us, going home. It was just a matter of 30 seconds,” Tamim was quoted as saying in ESPNcricinfo. He also mentioned that the players might even need counseling and it will take some time for them to recover from the occurring.

In the same city, Bangladesh, captained by Mahmudullah, were scheduled to play against the Black Caps in the third Test at the Hagley Oval. Nevertheless, the game was called off on an immediate basis. Khaled Mashud, the team manager, said that the players escaped death by a mere three to four minutes.

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