New Zealand: Bangladesh Team to Travel with Proper Security Apparatus Following Christchurch Attack
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Friday (March 15) has laid out an important statement while saying the visiting team will travel with the security assurance from the host Board New Zealand Cricket (NZC). The proclamation came following the gory attack in two different Christchurch mosques when worshippers were gathering for congregational prayers.
Pertinently, with Kiwis leading 2-0 in the Test series, the Tigers were in Christchurch to face hosts in the third Test. But, the third and final Test of a three-match series has been called off following a mass shootout which left 49 dead and left 48 others injured.
The recent despicable attack has also left cricketing fraternity in shock who also reacted following the attack.
Nazmul Hassan on the lack of security:
The President of BCB Nazmul Hassan has expressed anguish. He maintained the security provided to players in New Zealand is not even close to what Bangladesh offers to its guests. He added they don’t get much security apart from Kiwis shores as well.
Hassan reiterated they want security assurance from the NZC to make their movement smooth following a savage attack
“The security arrangement (in Christchurch) was nowhere near what we usually provide. It’s not just here, wherever we go, we don’t get that much security. We need to be assured about minimum security… otherwise it’s not possible to go,” Hassan told AFP from Dhaka.
The Tigers’ team manager Khaled Mashud earlier revealed all 17 players and support start are safe. Pertinently, the visiting players were heading towards the mosque when the 28-year-old Brenton Tarrant Australian citizen barged into an entrance of a mosque before shooting indiscriminately.
Mashud also revealed things would have been far worse if players would have been inside the mosque. According to the Kiwis-based media, Bangladesh players were yet to disembark from a bus when the shooting began inside the premises of Al Aqsa Mosque.
Mashud recalls the horrific experience:
While recalling the horrifying experience, Mashud maintained he alongside players were nearing the mosque.
“We were very close, we could see the mosque. We were maximum 50 yards (45 metres) away… If we were there three to four minutes earlier, we would have been in the mosque,” Mashud told reporters in Christchurch.
While escaping unhurt many cricketers have backed the Tigers following a tragedy befallen on New Zealand soil.
Hassan further stated distinct countries should be ready to tackle in such a grim situation. He added it’s possible anywhere while urging his counterparts to take proper security arrangement into consideration.
“We have always maintained that this kind of incident can happen to any country. Every country has to be careful. Every team has to be alerted,” Hassan concluded.
Back in 2015, Cricket Australia (CA) has denied its team on touring to Bangladesh while citing a lack of security arrangements. CA in its release revealed they had no ‘alternative but to postpone the tour.
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