BCB to take actions if Tamim Iqbal asks for it

BCB to take actions if Tamim Iqbal asks for it

However, both Tamim and the club denied reports of a hate crime and stated that the cricketer headed back home completely because of personal reasons.

Nazmul Hassan BCB
Bangladesh Cricket Board President Nazmul Hassan Papon speaks during a press conference. (Photo by STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)

The Bangladesh Cricket Board has decided to take appropriate measures if cricketer Tamim Iqbal has objections. Board chairman Nazmul Hassan confirmed the same on Friday. The left handed player was in England for the NatWest T20 Blast where he was representing the Essex Eagles. Tamim Iqbal, currently the top ranked batsman in the Bangladeshi squad, had to rush back home, after being a subject of an attempted hate crime.

The news was first revealed on his club’s official website. However, both Tamim and the club denied reports of a hate crime and stated that the cricketer headed back home completely because of personal reasons but reports circulating in the country had a different version of the story. “If he files a complaint to us, the BCB will undoubtedly go for immediate steps,” claimed Nazmul Hassan.

Reports in English media

According to English dailies, Tamim’s family was a target of a hate crime and there was also rumours of a probable acid attack. Tamim along with his wife Ayesha Siddiqua, and son Arham Iqbal Khan were chased by some white miscreants on their way home from a dinner said a BCB director who chose to remain anonymous.

Ayesha was wearing a scarf, which might have been the reason for the miscreants to attack them. The criminals also had acid with them, he further said.

Tamim Iqbal took to his official Facebook page to deny any such reports. He said that England is one of his favourite places and his step back home is because of personal reasons. He also stated that he is looking forward to returning and playing again.

“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,” he twitted.

There were also reports that Iqbal was thrown racist and provocative comments towards him which made the player fly back to Bangladesh. Tamim has played only one match for the Essex Eagles and that was against Kent. Tamim failed to deliver with the bat as he scored only 7 runs while Essex got defeated.