Christchurch: The Bangladesh cricket team narrowly avoided being caught up in a shooting at a mosque in Christchurch on Friday that left several people dead and forced the cancellation of a test match against hosts New Zealand.
The team were on a bus that was pulling up to the Al Noor mosque near Hagley Oval for Friday prayers when the shooting began but none of the players were inside and all were safe, the New Zealand (NZC) and Bangladesh cricket boards (BCB) said.
Mario Villavarayen, the team's strength and conditioning coach, said it had been a close call.
New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said there were "multiple fatalities" while Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described it as one of the country's darkest days.
Opening batsman Tamim Iqbal said on Twitter the experience had been "frightening".
Mushfiqur Rahim, who missed the first two tests through injury, said the team had been fortunate to avoid the shooting.