Dhaka, Mar 17 (UNB) — Bangladesh team has returned to Bangladesh after an unexpected end of New Zealand tour. Mahmudullah Riyad, the Bangladesh Test captain during the absence of Shakib Al Hasan, said upon the return to the country that they were lucky enough to escape the attack in a mosque of Christchurch in New Zealand.
Bangladesh team reached the country at 10:45 (BST) on Saturday night. The hundreds of the media workers were present at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at that time.
“When we were in the room after backing from the spot of attack, we are thinking that how lucky we are,” Mahmudullah said while giving his short speech to the media at the airport.
“I want to thank Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and Papon Bhai (Nazmul Hasan, BCB president) to bring us back home at the earliest time. At the same time, I want to ask the nation to pray for us so we can get rid of this memory,” Mahmudullah further said.
Within hours of the attack, BCB and New Zealand cricket called the third and last Test of the series off after a joint discussion. And at the same time, BCB decided to bring the team back home as early as possible.
Nazmul, the BCB president, was also present at the airport along with Mahbub Anam, BCB vice-president, and Jalal Yunus- the chairman of BCB media committee.
“The team went through a tough situation. Right after the incident, we have talked with them, all of us were waiting for their coming home,” Nazmul said to the media.
“A moment ago, Riyad said to me that they had a sleepless night. So it was a journey of 22 hours for them. All of them are tired. Some of them are mentally broken down. So here are nothing more to talk to them. I said to them to go home and spend some days on their own,” Nazmul also said.
“I suggested them not to think about the game right now. They should spend time with their families at this point. If anyone needs any help we are here always to do so,” BCB president added while talking to the media at the airport.
Bangladesh went to New Zealand to play three-match ODI and Test series. The last match of Test series was supposed to take the field from March 16. However, due to the current situation, the last Test was cancelled. BCB chief executive officer, Nizamuddin Chowdhury, has said to the media that they will discuss New Zealand cricket about the cancelled Test whether it will be host in the future or not.
“Our main priority after the attack was to bring our national team back home safely. So we did not get a situation to talk about something else. We will discuss the future of the cancelled Test later,” Nizamuddin on Saturday told the media.
Dhaka, Mar 17 (UNB) — Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has called a special prayer programme on Monday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium premises for the safe return of Bangladesh national cricket team from New Zealand where a deadly terror attack has taken the place.
A media release of BCB said the prayer programme will be held at the stadium premises at 2pm.
Bangladesh has returned to the country on Saturday night, and they are now on leave.
The attack was taken place in two mosques of Christchurch in New Zealand which has left 49 people dead including three Bangladeshis. All of the victims were Muslim. They were present in the mosque to attend the prayer of Jumm’a.
Bangladesh team was supposed to attend the Jumm’a prayer in Masjid Al Noor. However, they were late to reach the mosque, and in the end, the late has saved their lives.
Dhaka, Mar 16 (UNB) - After the frightening terror attack at mosques in Christchurch in New Zealand, Bangladesh national cricket team returned home on Saturday night.
The Singapore Airlines flight (SIA 446) carrying the team landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.
Bangladesh were supposed to play the third and final Test of the series at Christchurch from March 16, but due to the terror attack both cricketing boards team decided to call off the last one.
Bangladesh team narrowly escaped the attack as they were on the way to a mosque to attend in the Jummah prayers. But according to the national team manager Khaled Mashud they were prevented from entering the mosque by an unknown woman who warned them on the shooting.
Bangladesh cricket fraternity was anxious throughout Friday about the safety of the national cricketers and team staffs.
Mashud told the media that they were just about five minutes away from entering the mosque. He said, “Had we enter the mosque five minutes earlier, we would have been harmed by the attack.”
Some of the national cricketers, including the former captain Mushfiqur Rahim and Tamim Iqbal, have expressed their horror in the social media as well.
In the meantime, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) called an urgent press conference where its president Nazmul Hassan briefed the media about the incident.
Nazmul confirmed that they were in touch with New Zealand cricket board and government officials to bring the national team back home in the earliest possible time.
He also said that Bangladesh will ask for ensuring a standard level of security before touring anywhere in the world in future.
“From now, we’ll ask for a standard level of security before tours. It won’t be possible for us to go on tours if we’re not provided with that level of security we’ll ask for. In future, we’ll consider sending security specialists with the team. It was not required in the past. Actually, we didn’t feel the necessity. But from now, things will be different,” Nazmul said to the media on Friday.
Dhaka, Mar 16 (UNB) - The 2nd round of the 39th National Cricket Championship (NCC) begins on Monday (March 18) at Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium (SKICS) in Cox’s Bazar.
Narayanganj District will play Dinajpur District on Monday (March 18) while Sylhet District will face Barishal District on the following day (Tuesday), both at the Academy ground of SKICS.
Sixty-four district teams split into two tiers are taking part in the first round of the limited over competition.
The top finishers of each of the eight groups in Tier 1 have qualified for the second round.
Dhaka, Mar 16 (UNB) - The BCB Academy Cup Cricket begins on Monday (March 18) with the participation of 32 private cricket coaching academies from all over the country.
The opening ceremony of the meet will be held on Monday at the City Cub ground in Mirpur at 08:30 am with Gulshan Youth Club Cricket Academy taking on golden Boys Cricket Academy in one of the three opening day’s matches.
Barishal Talent Hunt Cricket Academy will play Khelaghar Cricket Academy at Jagannath Hall ground while Friends Social Welfare Cricket Academy will encounter Shisu Kishore Academy in Fatullah in the remaining two matches on Monday.
Thirty-two teams, split into eight groups, are initially taking part in the group phase till April 3. Later, the group champions will play in the quarterfinals.
Meanwhile, BCB Director-cum-Chairman of the Game Development Committee and former Bangladesh Captain Khaled Mahmud along with Bangladesh Test Captain Shakib Al Hasan unveiled the trophy of the BCB Academy Cup 2019 in presence of the participating teams’ captains at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Mirpur on Saturday.