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Tamim Iqbal to feature for Essex in Natwest T20 Blast

Tamim Iqbal will be available for eight games in the Natwest T20 Blast
Tamim Iqbal will be available for eight games in the Natwest T20 Blast

Essex have confirmed the signing of Bangladesh opening batsman Tamim Iqbal for the ongoing Natwest T20 Blast campaign.

The 28-year-old, who had a tremendous success for Bangladesh in the recently concluded Champions Trophy campaign in England will be available for eight games and will join the squad ahead of Essex's clash against Kent on Sunday.

Essex head coach Chris Silverwood believes Tamim will be an asset to the side especially in this format of the game.

"Tamim has shown how good a player he is in the recent Champions Trophy competition. 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."

Meanwhile, Tamim, who has played over 250 games in international cricket is looking forward for the opportunity.

"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."

Essex's campaign in the Natwest T20 Blast started with a two run defeat against Surrey on Friday.

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