Dhaka, Mar 15 (UNB)— Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President Nazmul Hasan on Friday said they will ask for a higher level of security for the team in future tours.
Forty-nine people were killed in a terrorist attack on two mosques in New Zealand’s Christchurch on Friday. Bangladesh team manager Khaled Mashud said the Tigers’ bus was about 50 yards away from one of the mosques that was attacked.
Hasan said the terror attack on New Zealand soil is unimaginable.
“Our cricketers and staffs are safe in the hotel. We are taking necessary steps to bring them back as soon as possible,” he told the media in Dhaka.
The BCB president said he spoke with Mashud as soon as he learned about the incident. “I also spoke to Tamim (Iqbal), Mushfiqur (Rahim) and Mahmudullah. All of them are safe,” he said. “We’ve called off the third and final Test of the series considering the situation.”
He said the cricket board will take security issue differently after the incident.
“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 the level of security we’ll ask for,” he said.
The cricket board chief said they might consider sending security specialist with the team as well. “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,” he told the media.
According to reports from New Zealand, no security personnel were with the Bangladesh team at the moment of the incident.
“Things won’t be the same. The kind of securities we provide was not available for us in New Zealand. It is not just about New Zealand, wherever we go, we get the same kind of security,” Hasan told reporters.
Dhaka, Mar 15 (UNB) — Bangladesh has decided to bring back its cricketers as early as possible after terror attacks at two New Zealand mosques killed 40 people.
Tigers team manager Khaled Mashud said the Bangladesh team bus was about 50 yards away from one of the mosques that was attacked. “The team is lucky to escape,” he told the media in a video message on Friday.
In Dhaka, Bangladesh Cricket Board President Nazmul Hassan told the media that they had spoken with State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam to make arrangements to bring back the players within the quickest possible time.
“He has assured me to do so,” Hassan said.
Mashud said they are trying to arrange tickets. “We’re at least 19 people who will go back to Bangladesh. Some of our coaching staffs will go to South Africa or the West Indies. They will get tickets easily,” he said.
New Zealand has confirmed that 40 people have been killed and more than 20 seriously wounded in the terror attack. BBC Bangla said two of those killed are Bangladeshis.
“It (the incident) had a big impact on the cricketers. We saw some wounded people coming out of the place. It was horrible. Some of our players were crying. We didn’t know whether we can be affected or not. As the team manager, I tried to bring them back to the stadium,” Mashud said in a video message to the media.
The third and final Test between New Zealand and Bangladesh has been called off.
Dhaka, Mar 15 (UNB) — The third and final Test of a three-match series between New Zealand and Bangladesh has been called off following a terrorist attack in a Christchurch mosque.
The game was scheduled to be played on Saturday.
All members of the Bangladesh Cricket Team in Christchurch, are safely back in the hotel following the incident of shooting in the city.— Bangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) March 15, 2019
The Bangladesh Cricket Board is in constant contact with the players and team management.#ChristchurchMosqueAttack pic.twitter.com/TTpIFxLp05
“A joint decision between NZC and the @BCBtigers has been made to cancel the Hagley Oval Test,” New Zealand Cricket Board wrote on Twitter at 10:01am (BdST).
Both teams and support staff groups are safe, it said.
“Our heartfelt condolences go out to the families and friends of those affected by the shocking situation in Christchurch,” the cricket board tweeted.
New Zealand have won the first two Tests and secured the series. With the third Test cancelled, Bangladesh team will now fly home as early as possible.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to the families and friends of those affected by the shocking situation in Christchurch. A joint decision between NZC and the @BCBtigers has been made to cancel the Hagley Oval Test. Again both teams and support staff groups are safe.— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) March 15, 2019
Tigers Manager Khaled Mashud Pilot has confirmed that Bangladesh team and support staffs are safe.Local media reported that there were shootings at two mosques in Christchurch - one in Deans Avenue and the other in Linwood Avenue – in which dozens of people are feared dead.
The shooter, who identified himself as ‘Brenton Tarrant’, a 28-year-old Australian-born man, livestreamed the shooting for 17 minutes, reports say.
A suspect has been arrested following the shooting.
Dhaka, Mar 14 (UNB) - Defending champions Dhaka Abahani Limited continued their winning run in the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League (DPDCL) beating Brothers Union Club by 14 runs at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur on Thursday featuring Mashrafe Bin Mortaza in the squad for the first time in the league.
Sent in to bat first, Abahani Limited posted a total of 236 runs for 6 in 50 overs and later restricted Brothers Union Club to 222/8 in 50 overs.
It was the third win on the trot for Abahani Limited in the league while the second defeat for Brothers Union in three matches.
Brothers right-handed batsman Yasir Ali hit a century, but his effort went in vain as Brothers suffered the defeat.
In the match, Abahani posted the challenging total despite losing wickets on regular intervals.
They lost the first wicket when Jahid Javed was removed by Mehedi Hasan in just 12 runs. Wasim Jaffer, the Indian recruit of Abahani, failed to impress as he fell for eight off 26 deliveries.
Mohammad Saifuddin, the all-rounder, was the best performer of Abahani with the bat as he accumulated 59 runs with four fours and two sixes. Along with him, Mosaddek Hossain Saikat, the captain of Abahani, was the other batsman of his team to hit a fifty scoring 54 runs with three fours.
Besides, Nazmul Hossain Shanto (44) and Mashrafe Bin Mortaza (26) were the other contributors for Abahani.
Mehedi Hasan and Naeem Islam Jr took two wickets each for Brothers Union.
In reply, Brother Union lost four wickets before making 100 runs on the board. They lost three wickets along with their opening pair in just 32 runs.
Unlike the other batsmen of the team, Yasir Ali was firm in the middle. He struck his second List-A ton in the match. But at the end of the day, his effort went in vain.
With the unbeaten 106, Yasir was the best performer of Brothers with the bat. Along with him, Junaid Siddique (17), Chirag Jani (15), Fazle Mahmud (13), Sharifullah (21), Mohammad Sharif (17) and Naeem Islam Jr were the other batsmen to reach double-digit scores, but at the end of the day, they ended up with losing side.
Mashrafe and Sabbir Hossain took two wickets each for Abahani to ensure the victory. Saifuddin was awarded man of the match for his 59 runs and one wicket.
Dhaka, Mar 14 (UNB) - Bangladesh have already lost the three-match Test series against New Zealand with one match to play. In the first two matches, they were poor with both of the batting and bowling in the middle which resulted in two innings defeats in two games against the hosts.
However, Abu Jayed Rahi, the right-arm pacer of Bangladesh, on Thursday said he is upbeat about doing well after finding a way to swing the ball in the condition of New Zealand.
“We saw that we were able to swing the ball in this sort of condition in New Zealand more than we do in Bangladesh. It is helping us earn more self-belief. We also have seen that the batsmen of the opponent are finding it difficult to trade with our swinging deliveries,” Abu Jayed said on Thursday while talking to the media.
The third Test of the series will take place in Christchurch from March 16. Bangladesh have already reached the city and started gearing up ahead of the third and final Test.
In the second Test in Wellington, two catches of Ross Taylor were dropped by Mahmudullah Riyad and Shadman Islam in the same over of Abu Jayed Rahi. After getting those chances, Taylor ended up with a double century which paved the way for New Zealand to secure the match inside three days.
“Probably, it was not written in my fate. But we still have one match to play. We are upbeat to do well in the last match. We have developed a belief of swinging the ball,” the right-arm pacer further said.
Bangladesh are playing the series with four pacers. Mustafizur Rahman, the left-arm pacers, is the most experienced among them with 13 Tests to his name. The other three- Abu Jayed Rahi, Khaled Ahmed and Ebadat - just played nine Tests together. This inexperienced bowling attack was the biggest reason behind Bangladesh’s poor performance in the ongoing series.