Tamim Iqbal
Tamim Iqbal (AFP Photo)

Tamim Iqbal on Saturday said it will be some time before Bangladesh cricketers will be able to get over the terrible experience of having witnessed and nearly escape a shooting in a Christchurch mosque on Friday.

The team was about to enter the mosque for the Friday prayers when they were warned about a shooter inside the premise. The attacks, carried out at two mosques, left 49 dead while several injured.

Bangladesh and New Zealand were to play their third and final Test of a three-match series from Saturday which was cancelled in the aftermath of the incident. (READ: Christchurch attack will change fabric of international sports hosting – NZC CEO)

On Saturday, Bangladesh players left Christchurch.

“It will certainly take some time for us to get out of it following the experience that we had here,” Tamim said on Saturday. “It is better that we are returning back to our family because everyone’s family is worried. I just hope after returning home we can overcome it with the passing of time.”

Bangladesh cricketers arrived in a bus and it was only about 50 yards from the mosque. Once at the Hagley Oval, they were housed in a dressing room at the ground before leaving for the team hotel.