Tamim Iqbal delighted at 'dream' Nottinghamshire move

New Nottinghamshire signing Tamim Iqbal has said that playing county cricket is a "dream come true."

The 22-year-old joins Notts on a short-term basis to fill in for departing Australian batsman David Hussey.

"It was a dream for me to play county cricket. When I got the news I could join Notts it was great," he told BBC East Midlands Today.

"In Bangladesh it is a big thing, I am only the second person to be playing county cricket."

He added: "I used to hear about Sachin Tendulkar playing here and it was a really big deal."

Tamim is only the second Bangladeshi to play county cricket [after Worcestershire's Shakib-Al-Hassan] and says he hopes his move will lead to more players getting a chance in England.

"Shakib came here and did well and that opened a door for me.

"Now it is my turn to come here and do well to open the door for other Bangladeshi cricketers to come to England."

Notts director of cricket Mick Newell confirmed that Tamim will open the batting for the t20 side.

"We'll have to re-jig our order a little bit. We don't want David's departure to disrupt the side.

"So Riki Wessels knows that he will be moving down the order and Tamim will open the batting with Alex Hales.

"I look forward to seeing him on the field. I'm sure he'll be relishing this opportunity.

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