“In shock” after witnessing mass shooting: Tamim

Bangla Tribune Desk
Published : 20:23, Mar 16, 2019 | Updated : 21:39, Mar 16, 2019

The Tigers are "in shock" after witnessing the fatal mass shooting in New Zealand, says Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal.
Players and coaching staff were 50 yards from the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch when the shooting began on Friday.
"The worst part was we were watching all those things happening live, so it was very scary," Tamim was quoted by the BBC on Saturday.
It is understood a pre-match news conference overran, delaying the team's arrival at the mosque.
They were due to play the Kiwis in the third Test of their series but that match, due to start on Saturday at Canterbury`s Hagley Oval, has been cancelled.They were due to play the Kiwis in the third Test of their series but that match, due to start on Saturday at Canterbury's Hagley Oval, has been cancelled.
The team has left New Zealand on Saturday, less than 24 hours after narrowly avoiding being involved in the worst mass shooting in the country.
Speaking to Radio New Zealand, Tamim said: "New Zealand has been beautiful and very safe whenever we have been.
"This is the first time that, not only in New Zealand but anywhere else, that I have experienced this. It was a shock.
"The boys were mentally in shock. There are still a lot of people in shock. I was in shock too, so I couldn't say much to them.
"It will take time to get over it," added the 29-year-old, who said he would "pray for the victims that have lost their lives and pray for their families".
Bangladesh cricketers Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar arrive at Christchurch Airport prior to their departure to Dhaka Saturday. COURTESYAustralian Brenton Tarrant, 28, the main suspect in the killings, appeared in court on a single murder charge on Saturday.
Bangladesh's coach, former England wicketkeeper Steve Rhodes, said: "Obviously the whole experience has cut up the whole team and staff.
"Everybody just totally feels for the people concerned and the families concerned; the one's left behind sadly losing some wonderful people.
"I can't tell you too much about the events because I was at the ground when the lads went but they're all upset and it's a great shame for the whole word really when things like this happen in Christchurch.
"When you're feeling the way you're feeling, the guys just want to be with their families and that's totally understandable."