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"They're just terrorists, and actions have to be taken against them considering them as terrorists".

"The Bangladesh team may have prayed at the same mosque before but I don't think they were the target", he underscored. The players and some support staffers were on their way to the Al Noor Mosque, less than a mile from Hagley Oval, when they saw signs of the unfolding carnage. In the attack on Al Noor mosque at Dean's Road, 30 people were martyred and in the Linwood Islamic Centre, Linwood Avenue, 10 people were martyred.

Opening batsman Tamim Iqbal also tweeted: "Entire team got saved from active shooters!".

New Zealand internationals Martin Guptill and Lockie Ferguson, who play first class cricket for Auckland, also withdrew from their team's match with Otago in Dunedin. Their team bus was only about 50 yards from the mosque and players were anxious about how they would safely get out of the vehicle.

The Bangladesh team, that was in the close vicinity of the attack, narrowly escaped it.

"This is shocking. This will change the entire fabric of global sports hosting", he said.

In cricket, the cancellation of a test match for reasons other than the weather is a rare event. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has called it New Zealand's "darkest day".

New Zealand cricketer Jimmy Neesham expressed a similar sense of shock and loss.

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There is very little I can say to him. As a country, we'll have to look at [security of visiting teams]. "I spoke to one of them shortly after (the incident)", Mario Villavarayen, the team's strength and conditioning coach told New Zealand Herald. "Today is a awful day".

The Test was promptly cancelled and the Bangladesh Cricket Board and New Zealand authorities arranged for the team to leave the country at the earliest possible time.

Canterbury Cricket chief executive Jeremy Curwin said his organisation had consulted with the players, who were given the opportunity to make their decision whether to play the final game as individuals or collectively.

England's cricket team was provided security equal to that of a head of a state when they visited Bangladesh in 2016, months after one of the worst extremist attacks on foreigners in a Dhaka cafe.

"We had a sleepless night after the incident", said the team's stand-in captain Mahmudullah.

"He had a big gun and a lot of bullets and he came through and started shooting like everyone in the mosque, like everywhere, and they have to smash the door and the glass from the window and from the small door to try and get out".

The team were pictured on social media walking back through Hagley Park to the cricket ground and a Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) spokesman later told Reuters the team were in lockdown at their hotel.