Al Noor mosque under armed police patrol on March 22, 2019 (Photo: Carl Court/Getty Images)

The Offspin podcast: playing cricket after Christchurch

In a special edition of The Offspin, Mohammad Isam, ESPN Cricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent, spoke to the podcast about his experience of the Christchurch terror attack, and the effect it had on him and the team.

On March 15, the day before the final match of Bangladesh’s tour of New Zealand, at 1:52pm on Mohammad Isam received a call from Bangladesh batsman Tamin Iqbal: “There’s shooting here, please save us.” He rushed to the Al Noor mosque where the team had gone for Friday prayers, and was witness to the horrific aftermath of the Christchurch terror attack. The team had escaped the tragedy by minutes. The next day the players and Isam were rushed home to Bangladesh. For weeks afterwards, Isam couldn’t sleep.

When the Black Caps met Bangladesh at the Oval on Wednesday at the Cricket World Cup it was the first time the two teams had come together since that terrible day in Christchurch. After the match, Isam spoke to The Offspin about the bond these two teams have and the love he has for New Zealand after the way the country embraced the Muslim community in the wake of the attack.

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The New Zealand and Bangladesh teams after their Cricket World Cup match. (Photo: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

For the next six weeks, join hosts Simon Day, Alex Braae and a rotating squad of sloggers, change bowlers and outfielders on The Offspin after each of the New Zealand team’s games. With the Black Caps playing all their games at wildly inconvenient overnight times, Simon and Alex will be swapping sleep for cricket, then rolling into the studio to drink Coffee Supreme (proud sponsors of The Offspin) and offer their expert analysis of the World Cup.

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