The dashing opener of Bangladesh Cricket team, Tamim Iqbal will play his first match in the NatWest T20 Blast 2017 for his side Essex Eagles. The match will be held against Kent Spitfires at The County Ground, Beckenham after just few hours (8.00 pm, BD Time).
On the other hand, The 26-year-old batting all-rounder from Auckland, Jimmy Neesham who has 12 Test and 56 white-ball appearances to his credit for the Black Caps, has joined Spitfires for the entirety of the competition and he’ll play the match too.
Essex coach, Chris Silverwood has named a 15-man squad on Saturday for the Battle of the Bridge clash with new overseas star Tamim Iqbal expected to make his debut.
Head Coach Silverwood was delighted to bring Tamim to the Club for eight NatWest T20 Blast games and said, “It is another coup bringing someone of Tamim’s calibre and experience to the Club.
“He has vast experience at International level but has also played cricket in various T20 leagues around the world. He is an explosive batsman who will be a great addition to our top order.”
The Eagles travel to Beckenham in high spirits but Silverwood is under no illusions how tough a task it will be.
He added: “Kent are a good side and are a threat in all competitions. They have a number of match winners in their team and we have to be wary of the threat they pose, especially on home territory.
On the other hand, New Zealand and IPL star Jimmy Neesham is looking forward to his Kent Spitfires debut at The County Ground on Sunday.
In explaining his move to link up with Milne at the Spitfires, Neesham said: “I was over here for the Champions Trophy recently and was keen to stay on here during our winter to play some more cricket.
“The way it eventuated, we [New Zealand] didn’t hang around in the tournament as long as we’d have liked to, so I went back home and enjoyed a week off before I agreed the deal with Kent.
“Adam had already told me he was coming here and I also spoke with Tom Latham, who said he’d really enjoyed his time here last season, so I was really happy to sign on the dotted line when Kent came in and made me the offer.”
Describing his own playing style, Neesham said: “To sum it up in a word, I’d say mercurial! Seriously though, as an all-rounder playing in the shortest form of the game you always have that goal of contributing in all three facets of the game in every match you play.
Essex: Ryan ten Doeschate (27) (Captain), James Foster (7) (WK), Mohammad Amir (5), Ravi Bopara (25), Varun Chopra (6), Matt Dixon (30), Simon Harmer(11), Tamim Iqbal (53), Dan Lawrence (28), Jamie Porter (44), Callum Taylor (67), Paul Walter (22), Adam Wheater (31), Tom Westley (21), Ashar Zaidi (99).
Kent: Sam Northeast (Captain) (17), Adam Ball (24), Daniel Bell-Drummond (23), Hugh Bernard (27), Sam Billings (7), Alex Blake (10), Mitchell Claydon (8), Matt Coles (26), Zak Crawley (16), Joe Denly (6), Sean Dickson (58), Will Gidman (42), Calum Haggett (25), Charlie Hartley (22), Matt Hunn (14), Adam Milne (20), Jimmy Neesham (83), Imran Qayyum (11), Adam Riley (33), Adam Rouse (12), Darren Stevens (3), Ivan Thomas (5), James Tredwell (15)
Joe Weatherley (9).