Bangladesh opening batsman Tamim Iqbal and his family were victims of a possible hate crime, which is behind the player's sudden return from the UK.
Tamim along with his wife Ayesha Siddiqua and son Arham Iqbal Khan were chased by some miscreants on their way home from a dinner on Tuesday night, a BCB director seeking anonymity confirmed.
Ayesha was wearing a scarf, which might have been the reason for the miscreants to attack them, he added.
The criminals also had acid with them, he further said.
Tamim could not be contacted over phone for comments.
The 28-year-old signed only last week for an eight game stint in the T20 Blast county competition. He appeared in Sunday’s seven-wicket loss to Kent but on Tuesday Essex released a statement saying his stay was over, said AFP
“Essex County Cricket Club can confirm that overseas player Tamim Iqbal has left the club with immediate effect due to personal reasons,” the statement read.
“We wish him all the best, and it would be appreciated if Tamim’s privacy is respected during this time.”
Tamim starred with the bat for Bangladesh in the recent Champions Trophy scoring a splendid century against England, falling five short of another century against Australia and hitting 70 in the semi-final against India.