Cricket: Blackcaps pay homage to mosque victims, as Bangladesh return to Christchurch

Tuesday's second one-day international will be the first time the Blackcaps and Bangladesh have played each other in Christchurch, since their match two years ago was cancelled, due to the tragic Mosque terrorist attack.

Arriving in the Garden City on Sunday, the Christchurch-based players visited Al Noor Mosque, meeting survivors who were there on that infamous day.

Blackcaps Henry Nicholls, Matt Henry and Daryl Mitchell heard stories from those most affected, and from those inside the mosque at the time of the attack. 

"To get back to that community and see how they're all going was a very humbling experience," says Henry.

The event hit home with the entire cricket community, as Bangladesh were just moments away from visiting the mosque when the attack occurred.

"They talk about a lot of values that are pretty important to us around inclusivity and moving on," says Nicholls. "The feeling that was in the mosque was a real family feeling."

It was also a chance to meet plenty of cricket enthusiasts.

"It was cool just to meet them, and see how keen they are with cricket and how much we can give back," Mitchell adds.

They'll get the chance to see them in action on Tuesday, when the Blackcaps look to back up their eight-wicket win in Dunedin.

Mitchell hopes he'll see more action than he did on debut, when his side's dominance meant his services were barely required.

"When you bowl a team out for 130 and the bowlers do a job, obviously I'm not needed," he laughs. "But I'm sure there'll be opportunities coming up to do that."

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