Christchurch mosque attack: Pakistan cricket team meets with victims and relatives

The Pakistan cricket team has met with victims and relatives of the March 15 massacre, telling them they share their pain.

One widow who lost her husband and a son in the attack said meeting the team had made her younger son happier than he had been in a long time.

Aayan lost his biggest hero, his dad Naeem Rashid, in the Christchurch terrorist attack.

On Saturday he got to meet his other heroes, who gave him signed cricket hats and messages of love and peace.

His mum, Ambreen Naeem, whose husband died trying to run at the terrorist to stop him, says it was lovely to see her youngest son so happy.

"I've never seen so much love, showing so much love for someone like he did yesterday," Naeem said.

The team invited those impacted by the attacks to Hagley Oval to talk and pray with them.

Naeem said meeting the team was memorable and heartwarming for the Pakistani community.

"It really was a morale boost for the children and it revived my passion for cricket as well."

It was also special for the team, who said the meeting was emotional.

"It was unbearable to listen to what they were saying," Pakistan team manager Mansoor Rana said.

The visit was planned back in Pakistan before the tour.

"We listened and heard what the real story was and it was like," Rana said.

"The boys shared their thoughts with them, and we prayed for the departed souls."

The Pakistani community was hit hard in the March 15 mosque attacks, losing nine people, more than any other nationality.

"They said they were equally impacted by our pain, and they can feel our pain," Naeem said.

The team is also thankful for New Zealand's support of the victims and community.

"The people here have been brilliant, the way you've united at that moment and what they have done for those families," Rana said.

The Pakistani team invited all of the families to the entire five-day cricket test this week.