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    Quote Originally Posted by Mainul View Post
    Then why Australia cancelled tour to Bangladesh?
    Australia is an exception. They stopped touring Pakistan 11 years before other teams did.

    However, other teams continue to tour Bangladesh and they will continue to tour New Zealand. They also continued to tour Pakistan until the Sri Lankan attack.

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    Alhamdulillah. Our team is safe. Almighty Allah saved them.

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    This is so upsetting. Good to call off the 3rd test. Don’t think the Bangladesh players would have been in the right mindset to play cricket.

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    I'm seriously concerned about the WC. With so many teams and fans travelling to UK, can they provide enough security from lunatics on both sides?

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    3 Bangladeshi civilians have died and 8 injured.

    May their families get strength and peace through prayers and well wishes.


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    CRICKET SOUTH AFRICA (CSA) has heard with horror and shock of the dreadful incident that happened in Christchurch, New Zealand, today.

    “We extend our condolences and concerns to all those affected by this tragedy,” commented CSA Chief Executive Thabang Moroe. “We are relieved to hear that the players and support staff of both Bangladesh and New Zealand, as well as the ICC match officials are all safe.”


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    Quote Originally Posted by Aman View Post
    The sad thing here is this could have been avoided if someone reported this guy to the police. He was posting about it online for days..
    being in the US, it feels like the majority of these regular mass shootings could be avoided if people actively report suspicious behaviour to the police.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rhony View Post
    I'm seriously concerned about the WC. With so many teams and fans travelling to UK, can they provide enough security from lunatics on both sides?
    UK has hosted many international events before including CT17 which happened after a spate of terror attacks, without a hitch.

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    PCB shocked by Christchurch terror attacks

    Karachi, 15 March 2019:

    The Pakistan Cricket Board has expressed shock and grief over the terrorist attacks on Christchurch mosques ahead of the Friday prayers.

    In a statement, PCB Chairman Mr Ehsan Mani said: “On behalf of the Pakistan cricket fraternity, I would like to condemn in the strongest possible way the cowardly, uncivilised and inhuman terrorist attacks on the innocent worshippers in Christchurch mosques.

    “Our hearts go out for all those affected by this tragedy as who will feel and understand their pain and loss better than us. In these difficult times, we also stand firmly with our colleagues in New Zealand Cricket and offer our deepest condolences.

    “We are also aware that the Bangladesh men’s cricket team were also praying at a mosque near the Hagley Park. We thank God Almighty that all of them escaped unhurt.

    “As a mark of respect for the victims and to show support and solidarity with the New Zealand community and the NZC, it has been decided that we will observe a minute’s silence before the start of tonight’s HBL Pakistan Super League match, while all the players and match officials will wear black armbands.”


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    Bangladeshi players seemed to roaming around NZ way too freely. This is not BD, they forgot they are in a foreign land as tourist whose primary focus was to get some practice playing Cricket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BDfanforever View Post
    Bangladeshi players seemed to roaming around NZ way too freely. This is not BD, they forgot they are in a foreign land as tourist whose primary focus was to get some practice playing Cricket.
    Why shouldn't they roam around - they are not animals in a cage. Who'd have thought something like this could happen in a peaceful country like New Zealand?

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    Minute of silence observed for Christchurch terrorist incident


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    Quote Originally Posted by Markhor View Post
    UK has hosted many international events before including CT17 which happened after a spate of terror attacks, without a hitch.
    Let's hope.

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    Death of innocents is just so maddening, thankfully our Bangladeshi brothers were unharmed physically.

    Hopefully the mental trauma doesn't affect them too much.


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    Indian Staff For Bangladesh Team Recalls New Zealand Mosque Carnage

    Christchurch Mosque Shooting, New Zealand: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern later announced that 40 people were killed and more than 20 injured in the attack, claimed by a 28-year-old white Australian who is in police custody.

    NEW DELHI: The plan was to offer the Friday namaaz and then head for practice. But the Bangladesh cricket team's players narrowly escaped a terror attack inside a mosque close to the Hagley Oval ground in New Zealand's Christchurch.
    The team bus was barely metres away from the scene of the carnage when the players first heard gunshots. Moments later they saw a woman collapse. Some of the players wanted to help the distressed woman, but just then they saw a horde of petrified worshippers pouring out of the mosque, some of them covered in blood.

    "We couldn't react initially. In such a horror situation, your brain automatically freezes as you are terrified. That's exactly happened to all of us," Bangladesh cricket team's Performance Analyst Shrinivas Chandrasekaran, who was in the bus, told PTI over telephone from the team hotel in Christchurch.

    New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern later announced that 40 people were killed and more than 20 injured in the attack, claimed by a 28-year-old white Australian who is in police custody.

    Shrinivas, a Mumbai-based software engineer who works as a video analyst with the Bangladesh team said that initially they didn't even realise that it was a terror attack.

    "It was a few metres away from the mosque and we suddenly heard gunshots. Neither the players nor me initially realised what was happening. Suddenly we saw this woman fainting on the road. 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 team's close shave.

    "However, we realised that it was something much bigger than what we had thought. We saw people running for their lives and blood everywhere and suddenly we were all told to lie down quietly on the floor of the bus. I don't know for how many minutes we lay on the floor of the bus. Once we understood, everyone was calm and did what was told," said Shrinivas.

    It was some time before the police arrived and they were escorted out of the backdoor of the team bus and taken to the ground.

    "It is obvious that all the players and support staff are in a state of shock. They are all too shocked to react."

    Shrinivas, who earlier worked with IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad and joined the Bangladesh cricket team in 2018, thanked both the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) as well as New Zealand Cricket (NZC) for their prompt reaction.

    "We all are waiting to return home. The players will be leaving for Bangladesh and I am also waiting for my return ticket to India," he said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Indiafan View Post
    But you fortunately were not present during the actual attacks. If someone was there seeing bullets or bomb go off, can they just play as normal? If the players had been in their hotel rooms and just heard about the attacks like you did, that's different. Here they saw it and escaped with their lives
    The day after APS attack, I had my MBBS final exam. I was in the capital. While on my way from home to university/hosp, the whole city was dead, I could feel the pain and horror in the air. It was silent, all the city, the highways etc. Even though there was some traffic, but I could see how everyone was affected by it. Even though my exam wasn't cancelled and we gave the exam as per the normal routine, the university was closed for 2-3 weeks afterwards. That certainly was, one of the most painful incidents in our country.

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    Gradually, these global events will be prized out for security expenses in future if this goes no like this. Russia spent over 50% of total WC budget for security, which is basically a not productive expense line in P&L. This is huge amount considering that Russia built/renovated 12 FIFA standard stadiums from rest 50% and already had spent $18 Bn for Sochi Winter Olympics 2016, of which a good chunk went for security measures, including a full Core of forces specialised in such anti terorism acts.

    If NZ faces such situations (from TV reports, what I understand that their forces had very little experience or technical expertise to handle such situations), high risk target countries like USA, France, Germany, UK, Saudi Arab, India, China .... will incur multiple times security expenses than now. 2026 WC is going to be crazy expensive for US, Canadian & Mexico Govt. France needs to spend more only for security measures in 2024 than combined total budget of 1998 & 2016 soccer events. And, we might see going forward EURO being shared by several countries because itÂ’s financially not possible even for countries like Italy, Spain or Turkey to host EURO alone - again, main reason is security measures.

    Conventional police or armed forces are not capable of providing full proof security from such threats. We have a small special force unit developed in last 10-12 years, trained by Navy SEAL & SAS instructors. For that English tour, around 100 of those special operators were deployed, flown from their bases from different corners ...., it cost BD govt over $3.5 min in less than 4 weeks, additional on top of regular police forces. This should give a glimpse of the magnitude of cost itÂ’ll need for a cricket WC in future.

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    Auckland: The winners of New Zealand's first-class domestic cricket competition, Plunket Shield, has been decided with a round left, in the wake of the terrorist attack at two mosques in Christchurch.

    Leading the competition, Central Districts will be presented with the trophy next week at Hamilton's Seddon Park, after the other contender, Canterbury, withdrew from their final match of the season following Friday's gruesome attacks, New Zealand Herald reported.

    Canterbury's final four-day match against Wellington had been scheduled to begin at the Basin Reserve on 17 March.

    "The team showed a united front in terms of the decision," said Canterbury Cricket CEO Jeremy Curwin.

    "It is clear that this tragedy will affect people in different ways, and Canterbury Cricket is here to support our players however we can.

    "We fully respect their decision, and I am incredibly proud of how they conducted themselves throughout this process."

    The country's deadliest terror attack forced the cancellation of the third and final Test between New Zealand and Bangladesh, whose players had a close shave. The Bangladesh team was on its way to the mosque, one of two sites of the shooting attack that killed at least 49 people. The tour has been called off.

    New Zealand Cricket (NZC) CEO David White said, "This isn't about cricket; it's about something much bigger and much more important than that. It's about life, it's about respect; it's about family and community.

    "Cricket and sport takes a back seat to personal welfare."

    Meanwhile, the Super Rugby match between the Crusaders and the Highlanders in Dunedin has also been called off in the wake of the shootings.

    https://www.firstpost.com/firstcrick...e-6272741.html


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    WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Bangladesh’s cricket team left New Zealand on Saturday, less than 24 hours after narrowly avoiding being involved in the worst mass shooting in the country, which now had to accept that sporting events were likely to have been changed for ever.

    A lone gunman killed 49 people and wounded more than 20 during Friday prayers at two mosques in Christchurch in the country’s worst mass shooting which Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern condemned as “a terrorist attack”.

    The Bangladesh team were on a bus that was approaching the Al Noor mosque, where 41 people died, on the eve of the third test at nearby Hagley Oval when the shooting began.

    The test match, which had been scheduled to start on Saturday, was canceled after the shooting and Bangladesh’s tour abandoned.

    Violent crime is extremely rare in New Zealand and the Bangladesh Cricket Board said the attacks had now changed their perception about team security on tours.

    “We’ll demand proper security wherever our team goes in future,” BCB President Nazmul Hassan told reporters in Dhaka on Friday. “If a country provides proper security as per our demand, then we will go otherwise not.

    “I can say that everything will change after this incident.”

    Pakistan’s Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari also suggested the world governing body, the International Cricket Council, should possibly take a harder line against hosting matches in New Zealand.

    “ICC shd take note & perhaps suspend int cricket in NZ after this act of terrorism?” Mazari said on Twitter.

    Pakistan has been unable to host matches at home since 2009, when gunmen attacked the bus carrying the Sri Lanka team to a match in Lahore. Six of the visiting team were wounded and eight locals killed.

    New Zealand have not toured Pakistan since 2002 following a suicide bombing outside their hotel in Karachi and instead played their games in the United Arab Emirates.

    They also abandoned a tour of Sri Lanka in 1987 following a bombing near their hotel in Colombo.

    New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White said the country would now also need to accept they were no longer immune from acts of extreme violence and that would need to be factored in when they hosted sports events and teams.

    “This is shocking. This will change the entire fabric of international sports hosting. I think everything changes now,” he said.

    “We’ll certainly be having to look at our security in depth. I think the idea of New Zealand being a safe haven is gone now.

    “We now have to be very, very vigilant - all the authorities and sporting organizations, absolutely.”

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-n...-idUSKCN1QX046


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    The players have just landed in Bangladesh, Test Captain Mahmudullah appeared and spoke to the press saying he cannot describe what they are feeling right now, they could not sleep after the incident. BCB president has said all the players will now be given time off to recover from the trauma without thinking of anything related to cricket.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bangladesh_Fan View Post
    The players have just landed in Bangladesh, Test Captain Mahmudullah appeared and spoke to the press saying he cannot describe what they are feeling right now, they could not sleep after the incident. BCB president has said all the players will now be given time off to recover from the trauma without thinking of anything related to cricket.
    They should cite this as an excuse and stop playing Cricket altogether for few years.

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    Bangladesh's Test cricketers were just a few minutes from being caught up in yesterday's massacre in New Zealand when they arrived at a Christchurch mosque as shooting began, a team spokesman said. In a chilling account, Khaled Mashud described how most of the Bangladeshi team drove up to the Masjid al Noor in a bus just as the attack got underway. At least 49 people died in attacks on two mosques during Friday prayers in what appeared to be the worst assault on Muslims in a Western country.

    'We were very close'
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    We were very close, we could see the mosque. We were maximum 50 yards away. I would say we are very lucky," Mashud told reporters here. "If we were there three to four minutes earlier, we would have been in the mosque, massive thing might have happened." Mashud said about 17 Bangladeshi players and team staff on the bus watched as blood-soaked victims staggered from the building. "It looked like video, what we usually see in a movie. From the bus we saw bloodied people coming out of the mosque," he said. "We were in the bus about eight to 10 minutes. We kept our heads down in the bus, in case of any firing [towards them].

    "Later we realised terrorists could come out and attack us, they would get then the lot of us in the bus and big incident would happen. Then we all decided to leave the bus." A Bangladesh cricket reporter posted footage of grim-faced players walking briskly from the scene as a police car with sirens wailing speeded in the other direction. Bangladesh Cricket Board spokesman Jalal Yunus later said the team were "shocked" but unharmed and had been ordered to stay in the team hotel. "They are safe. But they are mentally shocked. We have asked the team to stay confined in the hotel," Yunus told AFP.


    When violence and sport mixed in lethal fashion

    1972 Munich Olympics
    On September 5, 1972, 11 Israeli athletes and coaches were taken hostage and eventually murdered by terrorists during a 16-hour ordeal. The world witnessed some chilling images of athletes held captive on gunpoint.

    1987 NZ tour of SL (cricket)
    It was to be a three-Test tour but New Zealand abandoned it after the first match when a bomb planted by separatists exploded near the team hotel in Colombo, killing 113 civilians.

    2002 NZ tour of Pakistan (cricket)
    New Zealand's cricket team was touring Pakistan in 2002 when a bomb went off outside their hotel, killing 12. The players were unscathed but the NZ Board called back the team. A year earlier, NZ were on their way to Pakistan for a series before heading back midway owing to the 9/11 terror attacks in USA. The series was abandoned.

    2009 SL tour of Pak (cricket)
    The Sri Lankan team were on its way to play Day 3 of the second Test against Pakistan at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore when its team bus was intercepted by at least a dozen terrorists. They fired at the bus, resulting in injuries to six SL players and the death of the bus driver. Six policemen and two civillians were also killed. The SL team returned home and Pakistan hasn't hosted a major international tie since then.

    2010 African Nations Cup (Football)
    Togo's national football side were travelling through Cabinda in Angola for the African Nations Cup when their team bus came under gun fire from separatists. The team's assistant manager and media officer were killed

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    Fate played a huge role that day for Bangladesh players: Sunil Joshi

    Joshi feels that the players will take a long time to recover from the traumatic situation.

    Former India spinner and currently Bangladesh’s spin consultant Sunil Joshi was petrified when he heard about his team’s close shave during the Christchurch mosque attack which saw the death of 50 people and the cancellation of the third Test against New Zealand called off.

    Joshi was at the team hotel when the incident unfolded.

    “I first heard about the tragedy when our team manager Khaled Mashud called and told us there was shooting at the mosque and none of us should leave the team hotel. The whole incident has shaken everyone. I was at the team hotel with a few others because I didn’t want to have lunch at the stadium. After lunch, the press conference and prayers, the team bus was supposed to have picked us up from the hotel before we headed out for practice,” Joshi was quoted as saying by the Times of India on Tuesday.

    Recalling the aftermath of the incident once the players returned to the team hotel, Joshi explained: “They just hugged everybody and wept. The image of a dead body on the road, injured people soaked in blood kept coming back to them. On their return, we gathered in the team room and none of the players wanted to go back to their rooms until well past midnight.”

    “Fate played a huge role that day. The pre-match press conference ahead of the third Test match got delayed and that led to the delay in the players heading to the mosque. The lady who alerted them about the gunman too was a lifesaver.” (ALSO READ: New Zealand-Bangladesh Test called off after Christchurch mass shooting)

    Joshi feels that the players will take a long time to recover from the traumatic situation specially four to five players, including Soumya Sarkar and Liton Das, set to get married.

    “It is very difficult to put in words what the team is going through. All the players and staff are mentally traumatized and will take a lot of time to come out of it. After all, time is the best healer,” said Joshi.

    https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/...l-joshi-816597
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    What was Soumya Sarkar doing at the mosque? Anyone know if he has any ties to Islam?

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    Under-19 Tour of Bangladesh called off

    The New Zealand Under-19 tour of Bangladesh, scheduled for this month, has been cancelled at the mutual agreement of both countries’ cricket boards.

    NZC chairman Greg Barclay said NZC and the BCB agreed that sending an age-group team to one of the countries worst affected, and so soon after, the March 15 Christchurch attack, would be insensitive and inappropriate.

    “We have conveyed our deep sense of regret over the circumstances leading to this mutual decision, and the BCB have been both understanding and generous in response,” Mr Barclay said.

    “NZC have nothing but respect for the BCB and believe this development has only served to bring our countries closer together, and to strengthen our bond through cricket.

    “In reply, the BCB has expressed ‘solidarity with NZC and the peace-loving people of New Zealand’.”

    Mr Barclay said both countries remain committed to continuing their bilateral ties across all levels, including “Developmental” and “A” tours - starting with the Bangladesh Under-19 team visit to New Zealand in September.


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    Support shown to our Muslim community after Christchurch attacks amazing: Martin Guptill

    Christchurch is still coming to terms with that devastating day but Guptill is confident that unity will prevail.

    March 15, 2019 will be etched in the minds and hearts of every New Zealander. A country that is an enclave of diversity woke up to the sound of bullets in a mosque at Christchurch where a gunman opened fire and killed 50 people and wounded another 50 – men, women and children – at two mosques in what was termed as the darkest day in New Zealand.

    The incident led to the third Test between the hosts and the touring Bangladesh side called off after the visitors had a narrow escape when the team bus was on its way to the Christchurch mosque and arrived the location minutes before the carnage began. (READ: Fate played a huge role that day for Bangladesh players)

    “It was just a setback to the country. Everybody was in total shock,” the Auckland-born Black Caps opener Martin Guptill tells CricketCountry.

    Since the incident, an outpouring of grief and empathy for New Zealand’s Muslim population has seen thousands of flowers and contributions piled outside mosques across the country. There was one such occasion when even the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern wore a hijab during a prayer service to show solidarity with the Muslim community.

    “The support that New Zealand showed to our Muslim community and the way that we rallied around them was amazing. It just showed what sort of a country that we are. When things are down, we rally behind each other and hold each other through hard times,” says Guptill, current part of Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2019.

    Christchurch is still coming to terms with the devastating day, but Guptill is confident that unity, which has always been New Zealand’s strength, will bring the country out of darkness. (READ: People in New Zealand still coming to terms with attack: Trent Boult)

    “Fingers crossed that things keep getting better at home, it was a dark day you know, but then there is always light at the end and New Zealand really rallied round and showed that the support will always be there. That’s what a country we are,” he says.

    Noel D’Souza is Principal Correspondent at ZEE digital. A sports journalist for the last six and a half years, he has worked as Senior Correspondent for MID-DAY and Deccan Chronicle. Apart from watching cricket and other sports, he loves listening to music and plays the guitar as well.

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    Bangladesh monitoring Sri Lanka security for July tour

    DHAKA: Bangladesh cricket officials said on Wednesday they were monitoring security in Sri Lanka in the wake of last month’s terror attacks and ahead of a planned tour slated for July.

    The national team narrowly avoided being caught in the New Zealand mosque attacks of March 15 that killed 51 people.

    Bangladesh’s One-day International series in Sri Lanka was scheduled to take place in July, having been brought forward from December.

    But the fate of the series has been thrown into doubt following the April 21 Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka churches and hotels that killed more than 250 people.

    “We won’t say the series is uncertain, but we are monitoring the situation through the Bangladesh High Commission and our foreign ministry,” cricket board chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury said.

    “We will also see what the Sri Lankan Cricket board has to say about the present situation,” he added.

    Bangladesh’s players and officials came within 50 metres (yards) of the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch in March before a suspected white supremacist began indiscriminately shooting Muslim worshippers.

    They were in the city to play a Test match, which was promptly cancelled.

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1481097/ba...-for-july-tour


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