Tamim Iqbal denies Essex exit due to ‘hate crime’

Tamim Iqbal left Essex just after one game

Essex announced Tuesday that Tamim quit the club after playing in Essex’s seven-wicket loss to Kent in a Twenty20 match last week.

“Essex County Cricket Club can confirm that overseas player, Tamim Iqbal, has left the club with immediate effect due to personal reasons,” a statement said.

Tamim Iqbal has denied reports a “hate crime” against his family prompted his abrupt decision to leave Essex after just one match. The Bangladesh opener has left just four days after he joined Essex for the T20 Blast.

In a post on his Facebook page, Tamim said his decision to return home was taken for “personal reasons”.

He continued: “Some media reported that we were the target of attempted hate crime. This is really not true.
“England is one my of favourite places to play cricket and Essex have been entirely gracious even though I had to leave early.
“I thank all my fans and well-wishers for their concern and messages, and look forward to going back to England for future matches.”

The 28-year-old opening batsman joined up with Essex for eight T20 Blast matches and featured against Kent on Sunday, scoring seven runs.

“We wish him all the best and it would be appreciated if his privacy is respected,” said an Essex statement.

His only previous spell in county cricket was at Nottinghamshire in 2011.

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