Notts Outlaws have secured the services of Bangladesh batsman Tamim Iqbal as a short-term replacement for David Hussey who will depart Trent Bridge to fulfil international commitments.
Hussey will return to Australia to prepare for his country's One Day Series against Sri Lanka and will play his final game for Notts Outlaws against Lancashire Lightning in the Friends Life t20 fixture on Sunday 26th June.
Iqbal has agreed terms with Nottinghamshire Director of Cricket Mick Newell and will feature in six Friends Life t20 fixtures subject to approval from the Bangladesh Cricket Board and the ECB.
“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." Tamim Iqbal
“David has been excellent for us and he still has a lot to offer to the Australian team,” said Newell.
“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, 22, has a Test average of 40.13 and has scored five fifties in six innings against England including a 103 at Lord's in May 2010.
“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,” said Newell.
“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.”
Iqbal jumped at the chance to secure a move to Trent Bridge where he will fulfil his personal ambition to play for a first class county.
"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," he said.
“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.”
Adam Voges has been awarded the Friends Life t20 captaincy and will remain with Notts at least until the end of the group stage of the competition.
Notts are in discussions with their preferred target to fill the overseas slot for the latter part of the domestic season.