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Friday, 15 March 2019

Bangladesh star's harrowing call during mosque attack


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An ESPNCricinfo reporter has opened up on the harrowing phone call he received from a member of the Bangladesh cricket team during the Christchurch mosque attack.

Mohammad Isam received the call from Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal and revealed that he initially thought it was a prank from the veteran.

"I get a call from Tamim Iqbal, one of the senior-most cricketers in the team, as I'm leaving the Hagley Oval," Isam wrote.

"He's calling me for help. 'There's shooting here, please save us'.

Tamim Iqbal

"I first think that he is playing a prank but he hangs up and calls again - this time, his voice starts to crack.

"He says that I should call the police as there's a shooting going on inside the mosque where they are about to enter."

Tamim was one of the players who first took to social media in the wake of the attack before Bangladesh's tour was officially called off later on Friday evening.

According to Bangladesh's team manager Khaled Mashud, several members of the team were just "about 50 yards from the mosque" when the attacks took place.

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"This was a kind of accident that we would never expect nor want in any part of the world," Mashud told reporters on Friday.

"I would say we were really lucky. Had we reached even three or four minutes earlier, we probably would have been inside the mosque.

"This could have then been a massive incident. We are very thankful that we weren't caught in the crossfire, but what we saw was straight out of a movie scene.

"We could see bloodstained people staggering out of the mosque. Maybe for about eight-ten minutes, we were all inside the bus and were sitting with our heads bowed, just in case someone fires at us."

An ESPNCricinfo reporter has opened up on the harrowing phone call he received from a member of the Bangladesh cricket team during the Christchurch mosque attack.

Mohammad Isam received the call from Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal and revealed that he initially thought it was a prank from the veteran.

"I get a call from Tamim Iqbal, one of the senior-most cricketers in the team, as I'm leaving the Hagley Oval," Isam wrote.

"He's calling me for help. 'There's shooting here, please save us'.

Tamim Iqbal

"I first think that he is playing a prank but he hangs up and calls again - this time, his voice starts to crack.

"He says that I should call the police as there's a shooting going on inside the mosque where they are about to enter."

Tamim was one of the players who first took to social media in the wake of the attack before Bangladesh's tour was officially called off later on Friday evening.

According to Bangladesh's team manager Khaled Mashud, several members of the team were just "about 50 yards from the mosque" when the attacks took place.

https://twitter.com/imVkohli/status/1106477714452541440?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfwhttps://twitter.com/SAfridiOfficial/status/1106459991375003648?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

"This was a kind of accident that we would never expect nor want in any part of the world," Mashud told reporters on Friday.

"I would say we were really lucky. Had we reached even three or four minutes earlier, we probably would have been inside the mosque.

"This could have then been a massive incident. We are very thankful that we weren't caught in the crossfire, but what we saw was straight out of a movie scene.

"We could see bloodstained people staggering out of the mosque. Maybe for about eight-ten minutes, we were all inside the bus and were sitting with our heads bowed, just in case someone fires at us."

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