Thursday 16 June 2011 

Nottinghamshire Sign Tamim Iqbal To Replace Hussey

Nottinghamshire Sign Tamim Iqbal To Replace Hussey
Nottinghamshire Sign Tamim Iqbal To Replace Hussey
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Nottinghamshire signed Bangladesh opening batsman Tamim Iqbal as a short-term replacement for overseas player David Hussey, who is due to join up with the Australia side for the One-Day International series against Sri Lanka.

Hussey's final game for the Outlaws will be the Friends Life t20 match against Lancashire on 26th June and subject to approval from the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), Tamim will be available for six T20 fixtures.

"David has been excellent for us and he still has a lot to offer to the Australian team," Director of Cricket Mick Newell said.

"His contract with us was always subject to international commitments and I’m pleased that we have been able to secure a quality replacement."

Iqbal made a huge impression during Bangladesh's tour of the UK in 2010, scoring a fine Test century at Lord's.

"Finding quality overseas players at short notice is always a challenge but we are very pleased to have agreed a deal with a player of Tamim’s quality," Newell added.

"He’s an exciting player who has established himself on the international scene at a young age and he is already assured of a long Test career."

Tamim added: "It has been a dream come true in every sense as I have longed to play county cricket ever since I became a professional cricketer."

"I have enjoyed every moment whenever I have been in the UK in the past and it is a privilege to be part of such a great club like Nottinghamshire, which has an awe-inspiring tradition and character. 

"I am  very excited to take the field and perform and help with Notts' mission of winning the Friends  Life t20.

"As the second Bangladeshi in county cricket, it is also an honour for me and I hope to live up to the expectations of the club and the fans."

Shakib Al Hasan became the first Bangladeshi to play in county cricket as an overseas player for Worcestershire while Hussey's compatriot Adam Voges will take over the Twenty20 captaincy in his absence.

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