Wellington: The Bangladesh cricket team are wanting to leave New Zealand ‘as soon as possible’, after narrowly avoiding a shooting at a mosque in central Christchurch.
The team is in Christchurch to play New Zealand in the third cricket test starting tomorrow, at Hagley Oval, and had just arrived at the Al Noor Mosque for Friday prayer when a gunman opened fire.
Radio Sport commentator Bryan Waddle, who is at the Hagley Oval, very close to the Al Noor mosque, is reporting that staff at the stadium have told them to remain where they are after “a new incident”.
Waddle is being kept in lockdown with members of the Bangladesh team, some of whom he says are “in tears”. It wasn’t immediately clear what the reported incident was. Bangladesh’s strength and conditioning coach Mario Villavarayen said the players were shaken up.
“I spoke to one of them shortly after [the incident]. They didn’t see anything but heard gunshots. They were at the ground [Hagley Oval] and just started running. A member of the Black Caps staff told the Herald the team were having an optional training session at Lincoln, about 30 minutes away from Hagley Oval.