County news July 7, 2017

Essex sign up Tamim for Blast spell

ESPNcricinfo staff

Tamim Iqbal was in top form during the Champions Trophy © Getty Images

Essex have signed Tamim Iqbal, the Bangladesh opener, for an eight-game spell in the NatWest T20 Blast. Tamim joins Mohammad Amir as one of Essex's two overseas players and will be available to play against Kent at Beckenham on Sunday.

"Tamim has shown how good a player he is in the recent Champions Trophy competition," Essex's head coach, Chris Silverwood, said. "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 was the third-highest run-scorer at the Champions Trophy, with 293 at 73.25, as Bangladesh made it to the semi-finals of a global tournament for the first time. In T20 cricket, he averages 30.29 with a strike rate of 118.36.

He said: "I am really looking forward to linking up with my Essex team mates for the upcoming NatWest T20 Blast.

"I have played plenty of cricket with and against the likes of Ravi Bopara, Ryan ten Doeschate and Ashar Zaidi, so I'm sure it will be an environment I will settle into quickly. I always enjoy playing cricket in England and hope to help Essex make a big impact in the competition."

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  • reyadh3831700 on July 9, 2017, 9:10 GMT

    Looking forward to the match...

  • Mohammad Subail on July 9, 2017, 8:15 GMT

    Best of luck tamim. Make us prouder

  • Anup on July 8, 2017, 20:15 GMT

    superb signing. show your form Tamim

  • Rownok on July 8, 2017, 9:57 GMT

    Very good decision by both the club and player........watching tamim bat is really enjoyable and he could anchor the whole batting lineup throughout 20 over.Best of luck!!

  • promi97489313 on July 8, 2017, 7:13 GMT

    great of luck tamim

  • S.m. Tofazzel Hossain on July 8, 2017, 1:08 GMT

    It would be great to see Tamim 's action in NatWest T20 Blast. Goodluck.

  •   Arif Ridwan on July 7, 2017, 23:54 GMT

    Hopefully Tamin will prove his worthy at the top of the batting order by continuing playing good cricket & help Essex to reach their desired goal

  • Karthik Eyan on July 7, 2017, 21:49 GMT

    I am not sure its the right decision. There are other more deserving candidates.

  • hussyy on July 7, 2017, 20:22 GMT

    Congratz Tamim, looking forward to seeing some great batting in the coming days

  • Nabil Ahmed on July 7, 2017, 19:32 GMT

    Great signing for Essex! they are getting a batsman in his peak at outstanding form !

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