DHAKA (AFP): Bangladesh’s star opening batsman Tamim Iqbal has denied reports of alleged ‘hate crime’ against his family, after he abruptly cut short his season at Essex county on Tuesday.
Media reports claimed that Tamim had left Essex club after his family was allegedly the subject of an ‘acid attack’.
According to Bangladesh’s Daily Star website, Tamim, his wife Ayesha Siddiqa and one-year-old son left for home after the alleged incident took place while they went out for dinner.
The publication, citing a source close to the Bangladesh Cricket Board, said Tamim’s wife – who wears a hijab – was targeted by some miscreants who “attempted to throw acid at her”.
However, the batsman took to Twitter earlier today to reject the reports.
“Some reports of attempted hate crime against my family NOT true. Season at Essex shortened for personal reasons.#lovecricketinEngland,” he posted.
Essex County Cricket Club had announced on Tuesday that the batsman had left the club due to “personal reasons”.
“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 Tamim’s privacy is respected during this time,” the statement read.
The 28-year-old left-handed opener, who also plays for PSL franchise Peshawar Zalmi, starred with the bat for Bangladesh in the recent Champions Trophy, scoring a splendid century against England, falling five short of another century against Australia and hitting 70 in the semi-final against India.