Bangladesh cricketers depart Christchurch after near miss in yesterday's terror attacks

'Shots fired' near mosque in New Zealand

"On behalf of New Zealand Cricket heartfelt condolences to those affected", chief executive David White said. "Again both teams and support staff groups are safe".

Local media said there were multiple casualties at one mosque and said another had been evacuated, and there were reports that members of the Bangladesh cricket team were also present at one site.

Bangladesh Cricket Board spokesman Jalal Yunus said the team were unharmed but "mentally shocked", and had been told to stay in the hotel.

"I don't they're in a mental state to play cricket at all, " he told Fairfax Media. "We thought it was a medical emergency and some of the boys wanted to get down from the bus and help the lady", said Shrinivas, his voice still quivering as he recalled the the team's close shave.

Opening batsman Tamim Iqbal said on Twitter the experience had been "frightening".

"...please keep us in your prayers", he tweeted.

"It was very sad, what happened yesterday was very unfortunate and the worst part was we were watching all those things happening".

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"Hearts pumping badly and panic everywhere".

Bangladeshi players and team staff arrived at the city's Masjid al Noor for Friday prayers as a shooting unfolded and were warned not to go inside. Speaking about the same, ESPN's Bangladesh correspondent Mohammad Isam said,"They were just outside the mosque about to get off from the bus and go into the mosque when they heard shooting and a lot of people running out and they saw someone wounded in front of them".

"If we had reached the mosque three to four minutes before, then it would have been a massive incident", he said. "I'm sure all of New Zealand will take a look at their approach", he added.

"We could see blood-stained people stagger out of the mosque from our bus".

In New Zealand mosque attacks today, atleast 49 people are died. He said the incident has left the players shaken and clearly traumatized. One Bangladesh player said he saw a dead body lying on the street, Cricinfo reported.

After being barred from getting off the bus for several minutes, the players escaped and are now "locked down" in their dressing room, per ESPNCricinfo.

The third Test between the Black Caps and Bangladesh has been cancelled after yesterday's attacks, with the visiting team flying out of New Zealand earlier today. "We are working to have any footage removed", the New Zealand police tweeted. They lost their one-day worldwide series 3-0 and have also lost the three-Test series after New Zealand claimed victory in the opening two matches.

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