Bangladesh all-rounder Mehidy Hasan Miraz on Friday began the second innings of his life by getting married to his long-time fiancee, days after the cricketer and his teammates narrowly escaped the twin terror attacks at Christchurch mosques in New Zealand. Bangladesh players and coaching staff were “50 yards” from the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, when the shooting began on March 15. The terror attacks at two mosques killed 50 people, including five Bangladeshis.

They later watched as blood-soaked victims staggered from the building, according to team manager Khaled Mashud, who said if they had arrived just a few minutes later the team could have been caught up in the massacre. Mehidy announced that he had married his long-term sweetheart Rabeya Akhter Priti in a ceremony in the southwestern Bangladeshi city of Khulna.

Miraz’s father Jalal Hossain said Miraz, 21, married Rabeya Akter Priti at her house where both the families were present. The couple, who were in a relationship for six years, will complete the wedding reception after Eid-ul-Fitr, the Dhaka Trubune reported.

“Alhamdulillah…I am starting a new journey in my life today. I would like to request the blessings of all my fans and well wishers for my new beginning. May the Rahmat of Allah always shower upon us,” Miraz wrote in a post on Facebook and shared a photo of the wedding.

Miraz, who is a right-handed batsman and a right-arm off break bowler, has played 19 Test matches, 25 ODIs and 13 T20s.

Meanwhile, pace bowler Mustafizur Rahman was due to marry his cousin, psychology student Samia Parvin Shimu, in their rural home on Friday, his brother was quoted by AFP.

“We were looking for a suitable time for his marriage… Now if it can help him overcome the shock, we will be really happy,” Mahfuzur Rahman said.

The team was in Christchurch for their third and final Test match against the home side scheduled to begin last Saturday, which was promptly cancelled to allow the cricketers to return home.

(With PTI Inputs)