Bangladesh opening batsman Tamim Iqbal and his family were a victim of hate crime, says a Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) director. International media, including Espncricinfo, also reported the same.
However, the player has said nothing of that sort had happened.
"I want all my fans and well wishers to know that I cut short my season with Essex to come back home early for personal reasons. Some media reported that we were the target of attempted hate crime. This is really not true."
"England is one my of favorite places to play cricket and Essex have been entirely gracious even though I had to leave early. I thank all my fans and well wishers for their concern and messages and look forward to going back to England for future matches," the star opener said on his page.
Tamim landed in Dhaka on Wednesday afternoon and a number of journalists were there to speak to him on this issue. However, the Chittagong lad did not exit through the VIP Gate, choosing a general gate instead, which means none could take his comments.
Tamim along with his wife Ayesha Siddiqua and son Arham Iqbal Khan were chased by some miscreants on their way home from a dinner two days back, the BCB director seeking anonymity had claimed.
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.
However, both Tamim and Essex chose to keep mum on the topic, saying the player had left for personal reasons. It was learnt that Essex had apologised to Tamim for the untoward incident, but the batsman is keeping silent thinking of his future. If he admits to leaving the UK on security reasons, it will be difficult to get playing contracts in the coming years.
However, the BCB is irked by Tamim's silence. When Tamim spoke to the board chairman from London, he was advised to send the family home and see out the contract by playing the remaining matches. However, the player returned home as well.
Another director said the incident should be made public since it concerns security issues. "Everyone should know. People refuse to come to our country, but they should know this may happen anywhere," he remarked.