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Bangladesh Cricket Team Narrowly Escapes In Mosques Shooting

Shaken Bangladesh cricketers narrowly escaped deadly mosque attacks in Christchurch that cut short their New Zealand tour and prompted an emotional response from top sportspeople including a tearful sonny Bill Williams.

Most of the Bangladeshi team and staff had arrived at Christchurch's Masjid Al Noor Mosque for Friday prayers when they were warned not to go inside as the shooting unfolded.

Bangladesh Cricket Board Spokesman Jalal Yunus said the team were unharmed but "Mentally Shocked", and had been ordered to stay in the team hotel.

Mazhar Uddin, a reporter for Bangladesh's daily star who is Traveling with the team, said players lay down on the floor of a bus after being warned away from the mosque.

Bangladesh high performance analyst Shrinivas Chandrasekaran tweeted just escaped active shooters!!! Heartbeats pumping badly and panic everywhere!!

Opening batsman Tamim Iqbal called it "Frightening", while team-mate Mushfiqur Rahim posted: "We R Extremely Lucky...never want to see this things happen again....pray for us.

The third and final test match of Bangladesh's tour, scheduled to start in Christchurch on Saturday, was quickly scrapped.

International Cricket Council Chief Executive David Richardson backed the decision and sent "sincere condolences... To the families and friends of those affected by this horrendous incident"