Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal has signed an eight-match deal with Essex for the ongoing NatWest T20 Blast. The southpaw will team up with Pakistan left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir as the second overseas signing and will be available to play for the side from Sunday’s (July 9) game against Kent.
“Tamim has shown how good a player he is in the recent Champions Trophy competition,” Chris Silverwood, Essex’s head coach, said on Friday (July 7). “As a batsman he is capable of being destructive and that is reflected in his career strike rate.
“We identified the opening berth as an area we wanted to strengthen and we are thrilled to get a player of Tamim’s calibre into the club. He will bolster the side for eight games and we look forward to his arrival.”
Tamim too expressed excitement for the new challenge that lies ahead of him. He said: “I am really looking forward to linking up with my Essex team mates for the upcoming NatWest T20 Blast.