New Zealand's worst peacetime mass killing rippled through the country's top-class sports on Saturday with two high profile events cancelled and the first class cricket title being decided without a ball being bowled in the final round of matches.
People move the flowers after police removed a police line, outside Masjid Al Noor in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 16, 2019.
Video footage widely circulated on social media, apparently taken by a gunman and posted online live as the attack unfolded, showed him driving to one mosque, entering it and shooting randomly at people inside.
The Bangladesh team is expected to return home at 10.40pm local time (1640GMT) on Saturday.
"Just escaped active shooters!".
Bangladesh cricketer Tamim Iqbal labeled the incident as a "frightening" experience on Twitter.
The All Blacks, New Zealand's rugby team and the reigning world champions, tweeted: "Christchurch, we stand with you during this time".
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Residents of central Christchurch are being cautioned to remain on alert as police continue to investigate the attack. Forty-nine people were killed and at least 20 wounded in the tragedy, which took place in Christchurch, New Zealand .
Mohammad Isam, the Bangladesh Correspondent for ESPN Cricinfo, was in Christchurch and close to the mosque when the shooting started.
"Whenever we send our cricket team, will have to check the security arrangements there", the Prime minister said a day after Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Ahssan vented his disappointment over the security for the national team in New Zealand. I chose to go to the mosque with the other team members, and later, we all could assemble at the grounds.
"It's great to have them back on the team, it's like two brothers coming back home", he said.
Sri Lanka's team bus was attacked by gunmen in Lahore during their tour of Pakistan in 2009. "I think everything changes now", White was quoted as saying by stuff.co.nz. But the world will not do it because it is not Muslim country.!" another user wrote.ICC has already released a statement, on their website, condemning the incident: "Our thoughts and honest condolences go out to the families and friends of those affected by this horrendous incident in Christchurch. "We are working to have any footage removed", the New Zealand police tweeted. I think the idea of New Zealand being a safe haven is gone now.
"It's obviously early days in a fairly fluid situation (but) it's something that we as New Zealanders have to look at as well", he said. "Had we reached even three or four minutes earlier, we probably would have been inside the mosque".
Leading New Zealand players voiced their shock at what took place with captain Kane Williamson posting in Instagram: "Like the rest of New Zealand, I am struggling to understand what has happened today".