“I’m blessed that I’m still alive”- Mahmudullah after returning home from Christchurch
He also condoled the deaths in the attacks.
Published - Mar 17, 2019 12:40 pm | Updated - Mar 17, 2019 12:40 pm
The national cricket team of Bangladesh was shaken recently during a horrific terror strike in two mosques in Christchurch in New Zealand, the country they were touring for a full-fledged tour. The Asians were scheduled to play the Black Caps in a dead third Test at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch from March 16 but the match was cancelled in the wake of the attack and the team returned home on Saturday night.
The Bangladeshi cricketers were on their bus which was approaching one of the mosques that was attacked by a white supremacist from Australia just before the tragedy unfolded and the team expressed shock thinking what could have happened had they entered the religious venue a few minutes earlier. Senior batsman Tamim Iqbal even called up a journalist friend who was also in New Zealand covering the series to save them.
Mahmudullah thanks Almighty and condoles deaths after reaching home
Bangladesh Test captain Shakib Al Hasan, who did not play in the tour because of injury, also expressed his relief knowing that his teammates were unhurt. Now, Mahmudullah, who chipped in as the skipper in place of Shakib for the two Tests played in Hamilton and Wellington, has also tweeted after reaching home safely. He also condoled the deaths in the attacks. Nearly 50 people were killed while several more were injured in what happened to be the first terror attack on the soil of New Zealand.
Here is Mahmudullah’s tweet
Alhamdulillah! Last night we got back to home safe & sound. May the almighty Allah gives strength to those who lost their near ones in that mosque attack. I'm felling blessed that I'm still alive.15/03/19, probably I won't be able to forget in my life. Allah is so kind. pic.twitter.com/XJiyp3jLXW
— Mahmudullah Riyad (@Mahmudullah30) March 17, 2019
New Zealand won the three-match ODI series against Bangladesh 3-0 and then walloped them in the two Tests. While they won the first match by an innings and 52 runs, they won the second by an innings and 12 runs. New Zealand captain Kane Williamson played a major role in scripting his side’s win. Mahmudullah, one of Bangladesh’s best-known cricketers, also scored a hundred in the first Test in Hamilton though that effort was not enough for the visitors to evade a humiliating loss.