Cricket fraternity reacts to the brutal mass shooting at a Christchurch mosque on Friday morning in which over 40 people died and over 20 people were severely injured.
Bangladesh cricket team, who are currently in New Zealand, tweeted that the team had “escaped from a mosque near Hagley Park where there were active shooters”.
Bangladesh Cricket Board spokesman Jalal Yunus said most of the team had gone to the mosque by bus and were about to go inside when the incident took place. “They are safe, but they are mentally shocked. We have asked the team to stay confined in the hotel,” Jalal said.
This incident has shaken the world and it has drawn condemnation from many cricketers as well, here are some reactions,
Very shocked to hear about the shooting at Christchurch in New Zealand. Thoughts with the affected families.
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) March 15, 2019
When you have to avoid live shooting and gunshots in New Zealand, you know the world is in a bad place. Relieved to hear the Bangladesh cricket team is safe.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 15, 2019
Shocked to hear about the shootings in Christchurch. My heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the families who have lost loved ones. Thoughts prayers and love with all the people affected by this tragic incident. Wishing the injured a full and speedy recovery.
— Kumar Sangakkara (@KumarSanga2) March 15, 2019
There is no place that's safe for humanity because human beings are the biggest threat to this planet. #christchurchshooting
— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) March 15, 2019
For so long I’ve watched world events from afar and naively thought we were somehow different in our little corner of the world, somehow safe. Today is a terrible day. Disgusted and saddened doesn’t begin to describe it.
— Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) March 15, 2019
My heart is hurting about the news coming out of Christchurch. Sending love & prayers to the effected families❤️😢 pic.twitter.com/7PX9wc56b8
— Sonny Bill Williams (@SonnyBWilliams) March 15, 2019
And now ‘sleepy’ NewZealand gets first touch of terror..Christchurch is shocked by serious twin attack on Mosques..B’Desh Cricketers get mighty escape..what’s the World coming up to..?!! Are humans safe anywhere..?!! Kiwis wouldn’t harm a fly…but..?!!!
— Bishan Bedi (@BishanBedi) March 15, 2019
The 3rd Test between New Zealand and Bangladesh, which was scheduled to take place not far from the site of the attack, has been cancelled and the visitors are expected to head back home.