Tamim rejects hate crime behind sudden Essex exit

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MNA Sports Desk: Tamim Iqbal rejected rumours Wednesday that he quit English county cricket club Essex because of a hate crime targeting his family and said it was down to personal reasons.

The 28-year-old opening batsman cut ties with Essex after just one match, but dismissed suggestions his sudden departure was because of an alleged attack against his wife and son.

“Some media reported that we were the target of attempted hate crime. This is really not true,” the Bangladesh vice-captain posted on his Facebook page.

“England is one my of favourite places to play cricket and Essex have been entirely gracious even though I had to leave early.”

However an official from the Bangladesh Cricket Board said the decision followed an incident in London where Tamim, his wife Ayesha Siddiqa and one-year-old son were harassed while out for dinner.

“We suspect they were chased because Tamim’s wife wears a hijab (Islamic head covering). Hopefully we’ll know the details once he returns from England today,” said the cricket official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Bangladesh’s top-read English newspaper The Daily Star quoted a source as saying the alleged attackers even attempted to throw acid at Tamim’s wife.

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.