Last week, Bangladesh were set to play the final game of the tour against New Zealand starting Saturday but an attack in Christchurch changed the whole scenario.
The members of the Bangladesh cricket team were set to arrive at the place of the attack and only got delayed due to captain’s presser.
They still saw the people running away from the place of the attack and were terrified to see what had happened there.
All the players and members of the team were flown back to the country from New Zealand and the last Test of the series was cancelled.
The players talked about how they felt after what they saw during the attack last week.
Former Indian spinner Sunil Joshi, who is also a part of Bangladesh’s backroom staff, also returned back to the country and revealed that last 72 hours have been tough for him.
“I’m just relieved to see my family again. The last 72 hours were very, very tough. God has been kind. The players are safe, the staff are safe, the coaches are all safe. All thanks to the almighty,” he said.
“We are all on a WhatsApp group and the players are checking if everyone has reached home. The bonding between us has increased. But this is a much-needed break. This will take time to heal,” he added.
This was the first time when such a thing had happened in New Zealand, one of the safest countries in the world.
It had a deep impact on players as had they reached the spot a few minutes earlier, everything would have been different.
The third Test of the series that was to kick off on Saturday was cancelled.
Bangladesh abandoned the tour mid-way.
It remains to be seen what impact does this attack leave on cricket in New Zealand.
Will the international teams still be willing to the country or not? This remains to be one of the biggest questions.
There is no series lined up to take place there for a while there but the action is surely expected to take place at some time of the year.
Bangladesh players now have a rest of few weeks as they next play Ireland in a tri-series ahead of World Cup 2019.
West Indies are the third participant in the series that will start in the first week of May.