Taijul, Mahmudullah savior of players from Christchurch terror attack

Bangladesh ODI captain Tamim Iqbal has revealed that left-arm spinner Taijul Islam and all-rounder Mahmudullah Riyad saved their lives in New Zealand during the terrorist attack last year.

Taijul, Mahmudullah savior of players from shooting at Christchurch
A scene after the terror attack

Bangladesh team was just late by 3 to 4 minutes when a horrible bomb attack has struck in a New Zealand Mosque. All the players were supposed to go to perform their regular Friday prayer in Christchurch on the day of attack.

Tamim revealed the incident during his live show with Test captain Mominul Haque along with opener Soumya Sarkar and Liton Das on Facebook. Taijul joined the chat as a guest and there’s a talk about how Taijul and Mahmudullah played a role in saving the lives of the cricketers.

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“If Taijul wasn’t there that day (March 15,2019), none of us would have survived without Liton (Liton Das) and Nayeem (Nayeem Hasan). They were in the hotel then. Taijul has a nature, he doesn’t want to give up by any means. Even if we reached the mosque 1-2 minutes ago, we would not have survived. Taijul was having a one-on-one football match with Mushfiq (Mushfiqur Rahim). If Taijul hadn’t played football then, none of us would have survived,”

Tamim said during the live session.

Mahmudullah also delayed on that day. The vice-captain of Bangladesh and current T20 captain went to attend pre-match press conference. That day’s press conference ended 5 minutes later than the scheduled time. As a result, it was a little late to go to Jumu’ah prayers.

“On that day we went for our practice. It was raining at that time. Coach told us that those who don’t want to do practice can leave. So, I and High Performance Analyst Shrinivas Chandrasekaran thought that as everyone is going to the mosque we will go with them and then we will take a taxi and go from there to the hotel as it is difficult to get a taxi from the side of the field. Riyad bhai was 5 minutes late that day due to the press conference,” Soumya said.

‘’Tamim bhai was on my left. So, while I was watching through the window, I saw a woman was walking and suddenly fell on the road. Then I said that bhai (Tamim), a women got shot. Then I got a reply from the front that who will shoot here, even the Prime Minister of here walks around the road. I was sure that it was a senior who said that, basically it was Riyad Bhai.

After hearing him I became silent and watching over the window while leaning on my sit. Then I told Tamim bhai that look bunch of people are running barefooted. Then everyone became serious about it. The women saved us,’’ Soumya added.

On that day, the team was on its way to the Al Noor Mosque, less than a mile from the Hagley Oval, when the players saw signs of the unfolding carnage. Seeing that, they left quickly from the place. Later, the series was called-off and the team returned to the country safely.

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