Cricketing fraternity in utter shock after terrorist attack in New Zealand
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern termed it one of New Zealand’s darkest days.
Updated - Mar 15, 2019 2:49 pm
15 March 2019- The day turned out to be a dark day in the history of New Zealand. In Christchurch, a gunman started firing recklessly inside a mosque that took the lives of a number of people, the death toll of which are increasing with every passing hour. Even a video of the terror attack went viral on the social media. In the meantime, the Bangladesh players escaped narrowly.
The Tigers were next scheduled to play the third and final Test against the New Zealanders at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch after tasting defeats the first two encounters. The visiting team’s cricketers, including top-order batsman Tamim Iqbal, had gone to the Al Noor Mosque for Friday Prayers. However, they weren’t allowed to leave the team bus after the shooting began.
Later, they came down from the bus and headed straight to the stadium where they were locked inside the dressing room. Thereafter, the official Twitter handle of the Black Caps announced that the Bangladesh players went safely to the team hotel. Moreover, it was also announced that the last game of the series was cancelled bearing in mind the players’ security.
Cricketers react on the shambolic occurring
The Australia U19 women’s team, who were on their tour of New Zealand as well, was at the same hotel and was reported to be safe. The horrendous occurring has come as a massive development for the Tigers’ cricketers. The Bangladesh cricketers in the form of Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal posted about the horrendous occurring on the social media platforms.
Here are their tweets
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
— Mushfiqur Rahim (@mushfiqur15) March 15, 2019
Entire team got saved from active shooters!!! Frightening experience and please keep us in your prayers #christchurchMosqueAttack
— Tamim Iqbal Khan (@TamimOfficial28) March 15, 2019
I have nothing to say about the active shooting in New Zealand that took place all I want to say is I’m grateful to almighty Allah for saving my brothers my teammates! Alhamdulillah
— Shakib Al Hasan (@Sah75official) March 15, 2019
Cricketers from other corners of the world also condemned the act. It includes the likes of Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardena, both of whom were witnesses to a similar incident during the Sri Lankan bus-attack way back in 2009 outside the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.
Here is how Twitter expressed its grief
Seeing the horrifying footage from One of my fav country in the world breaks my heart #NewZealandMosqueShooting
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) March 15, 2019
My thoughts and prayers are going out to those affected by the shootings and killings in christchurch. Humanity needs to have a serious look at oneself. This act is absolutely sickening. God be with all of you new zealand🙏🙏🙏
— Vernon Philander (@VDP_24) March 15, 2019
So saddened about the attacks in Christchurch today. My heart and duahs go out to all the victims and their families ❤️
— Usman Khawaja (@Uz_Khawaja) March 15, 2019
Hasn’t Christchurch been through enough?! Thoughts to all my kiwi friends, this should never happen. I hope you’re doing okay. #anzac
— David Hussey (@DavidHussey29) March 15, 2019
Shocked to see the visuals of shooting inside #Christchurch's Mosque. Are we not even safe inside places of worship now? I strongly condemn such acts of terror. Just glad the Bangladeshi cricketers are safe.#Christchurch #NewZealand
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) March 15, 2019
So sad to hear of the #NewZealandMosqueAttack In #Christchurch
My prayers and thoughts are with the martyrs and their families.
Humanity is at a loss, it was a place of worship …
thank god the #BangladeshCricketTeam are safe.
— Sarfaraz Ahmed (@SarfarazA_54) March 15, 2019
Very shocked to hear about the shooting at Christchurch in New Zealand. Thoughts with the affected families.
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) March 15, 2019
There is no place that's safe for humanity because human beings are the biggest threat to this planet. #christchurchshooting
— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) March 15, 2019
Really sad to hear the news out of Christchurch !!! Thoughts and prayers with everyone. Stay calm … stay strong everyone !!!
— Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) March 15, 2019
Shocked to hear about the shootings in Christchurch. My heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the families who have lost loved ones. Thoughts prayers and love with all the people affected by this tragic incident. Wishing the injured a full and speedy recovery.
— Kumar Sangakkara (@KumarSanga2) March 15, 2019
So sad to see what happened @christchuch …Praying for the victims and families 🙏🏻
— Mahela Jayawardena (@MahelaJay) March 15, 2019
— Simon Doull (@Sdoull) March 15, 2019
For so long I’ve watched world events from afar and naively thought we were somehow different in our little corner of the world, somehow safe. Today is a terrible day. Disgusted and saddened doesn’t begin to describe it.
— Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) March 15, 2019
Sad to hear about the terror attack in New Zealand a place I've always described as calm and peaceful.. this behavior is disgusting and cowardly. Prayers for victims families and the country. I say it all the time LOVE is the only solution…
— Clara's Boy (@darensammy88) March 15, 2019
Deeply shocked to hear about the Christchurch attack. Praying for the families who have lost their loved ones.
— K L Rahul (@klrahul11) March 15, 2019
Shocking and tragic. My heart goes out to the ones affected by this cowardly act at Christchurch. Thoughts with the Bangladesh team as well, stay safe. 🙏🏻
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) March 15, 2019
My thoughts and prayers go to all of the families and friends who have been affected by the most despicable act in Christchurch today. What a disgrace this guy is to the human race!!!! 😔😔😔
— Shane Watson (@ShaneRWatson33) March 15, 2019
Shattered with this terrible news..Another terror attack. Where are we all heading. These cowards have no religion. Thoughts and prayers are with all the victims.🙏🙏#christchurchMosqueAttack
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) March 15, 2019