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Bangladesh star Tamim Iqbal has ended his Essex stint with an immediate effect due to personal reasons, just four days after joining the county outfit for the NatWest T20 Blast.
The opening batsman, whose signing was confirmed just last week, made one appearance for Essex against Kent, failing to make any big impact, as he was bowled by Adam Milne for just seven runs. Essex had gone on to lose the match by seven wickets.
“Essex County Cricket Club can confirm that overseas player, Tamim Iqbal, has left the Club with immediate effect due to personal reasons. We wish him all the best and it would be appreciated if his privacy is respected,” said an Essex statement.
— Essex Cricket (@EssexCricket) July 11, 2017
Meanwhile, Bangladesh news outlet The Daily Star has reported that the left-handed batsman has cut short his Essex stint after his wife Ayesha Siddiqa became the target of an attempted hate crime in the United Kingdom on Monday night (July 10). A source has revealed that Tamim along with his wife, who wears a hijab and one-year-old son were dining out when some miscreants chased them and attempted to throw acid at her.
The southpaw was signed by Essex after his impressive show in the ICC Champions Trophy last month where he finished the tournament as its third highest run-scorer. Tamim, who enjoys a stellar record in England, scored 293 runs in four matches with the help of one century and a couple of half-centuries.