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20 March, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Christchurch attacks

Tigers will need time to heal: Joshi

The Hindu, Chennai

Sunil Joshi will take a long time to come to terms with the events of Friday. As spin-bowling coach of the Bangladesh cricket team, he was in Christchurch when the mosque attacks, which led to the death of 50 people, unfolded.

Joshi was among the few members of the Bangladesh contingent that had stayed back in the hotel; the rest, who were on their way to prayer from Hagley Oval, returned scarred, with the definite feeling that they had narrowly escaped death. The former India spinner is still.

Joshi arrived home early Monday morning, after having secured tickets for his flight out of New Zealand with the help of Indian consular officials.

“I’m just relieved to see my family again. The last 72 hours were very, very tough,” he said here on Monday. “God has been kind. The players are safe, the staff are safe, the coaches are all safe. All thanks to the almighty.”

Joshi recounted, with some sadness, the events of March 15. “Our manager Khaled Mashud called me around 1:40 pm in the afternoon, to tell me that there was a shooting incident at the mosque.

“He asked me and the two players to stay in the hotel and not step out. When we switched on the TV, we realised the magnitude of the incident. We were really shocked. Imagine what the players must have seen with their own eyes,” he said.

“Usually, their prayer starts at 1 p.m. That day, our captain Riyad Mahmudullah’s press conference got delayed. Imagine if they had left the ground a few minutes early. All of them would have been in the mosque at the time of the shooting. Things would have been different today. Next to Hagley Oval is a park, then there’s a street, and across it is the mosque. It was so close. I don’t have words to express what happened.”

When the players returned to the hotel, they simply broke down, Joshi recalled.

 

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