The dashing Bangladeshi opener, Tamim Iqbal has left Essex after just one match. According to a report in the Daily Star, Tamim’s wife was the target of an attempted hate crime in United Kingdom on Tuesday and so he decided to leave England immediately.
According to that report, it has been known that Tamim was dining with wife Ayesha Siddiqa, who wears a hijab, and their one-year-old son. Then, they were chased out of a restaurant and allegedly had acid thrown at them. With the grace of Almighty, all three escaped unhurt.
It is not yet known exactly where the incident occurred, and according to the Daily Star Iqbal insisted he had returned home due to “personal reasons”. This after Essex had issued a statement confirming his departure from the team.
But today, Tamim cleared everything on his Facebook page and he has said that the claim of the Daily Star is completely false.
He wrote, “I want all my fans and well wishers to know that I cut short my season with Essex to come back home early for personal reasons. Some media reported that we were the target of attempted hate crime. This is really not true.”
The opener concluded, “England is one my of favorite 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.”
Tamim left England on the Tuesday night and he is expected to reach Dhaka in the evening today. He was signed by Essex for 8 matches of NatWest T-20 Blast.