"I saw them get out of the parking lot, within five minutes one of the players [Iqbal] called me for help - he said save us, we are in big trouble someone is shooting." said Isam.
"Only two of the players [Liton Das and Nayeem Hasan, as well as spin-bowling coach Sunil Joshi] had stayed back in the hotel, and rest of the squad had gone there".
The Bangladesh national cricket team barely missed one of the two fatal mass shootings that took place Friday in a New Zealand mosque.
NZC said they had chosen to cancel the third Test, which was scheduled to start at Hagley Oval on Saturday, after discussions with the Bangladesh board. Players and team staff had earlier taken to social media to recount their narrow escape.
An eyewitness tells Radio New Zealand he heard shots fired and four people were lying on the ground, with "blood everywhere". I'm speaking from experience, I'm speaking from what I've heard.
"Police are now responding to reports of shots fired in central Christchurch at around 1:40 pm".
Opening batsman Tamim Iqbal tweeted: "Entire team got saved from active shooters!". There were reports of armed police at a second mosque in the suburb of Linwood.
"Horrified to hear Christchurch mosque shootings".
Addressing a media conference in New Plymouth, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the events in Christchurch as "one of New Zealand's darkest days". Their bus was just pulling up at the mosque when shooting happened.
People in centre of the city should stay indoors, police said.
Bangladesh's cricket team escaped unscathed after a shooting at a mosque in central Christchurch, an official told AFP on Friday. They made it back to Hagley Oval where they are now locked down in their dressing room, as the manager Khaled Mashud is in contact with both the NZC and BCB. "Many of those affected will be members of our migrant communities - New Zealand is their home - they are us", added Ardern. They (the players) are in bad and severe mental [distress], they're not feeling well. "The person who has perpetuated this violent act against them, they have no place in New Zealand society".
When he was asked whether or not there were any suspicions that the attacker was aware of the presence of the team there and even deliberately targeted them, Isam said that he did not think so.