Afghanistan cricketer Najeeb Tarakai, who recently met with an accident, has passed away on October 6 (Tuesday). The 29-year-old met with an accident on Friday and was brought to a nearby hospital in critical condition. He also underwent surgery but it was not enough to save his life.
Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) took to micro-blogging site Twitter to offer their condolences to Najeeb Tarakai’s family. The top-order batsman was crossing the road after completing his grocery shopping while he was hit by a car in Eastern Nangarhar.
“ACB and Afghanistan Cricket Loving Nation mourns the heart breaking and grievous loss of its aggressive opening batsman & a very fine human being Najeeb Tarakai (29) who lost his life to a tragic traffic accident leaving us all shocked,” Afghanistan Cricket Board paid homage to the cricketer.
ACB and Afghanistan Cricket Loving Nation mourns the heart breaking & grievous loss of its aggressive opening batsman & a very fine human being Najeeb Tarakai (29) who lost his life to tragic traffic accident leaving us all shocked!
May Allah Shower His Mercy on him pic.twitter.com/Ne1EWtymnO
— Afghanistan Cricket Board (@ACBofficials) October 6, 2020
Najeeb Tarakai – a prolific run-scorer in domestic cricket
Najeeb Tarakai made his first-class debut in 2014 against Zimbabwe A and since then, he has been a consistent performer for his side. The right-handed batsman averages 47.2 in 24 first-class games. In April last year, he notched up his highest first-class score of 200 against Mis Ainak Region.
Tarakai has also represented Afghanistan in 12 T20Is and one ODI. Najeeb registered his highest score (90) in T20Is versus Ireland in Noida in 2017. His final international appearance came in September 2019, against Bangladesh.
Although he didn’t have rich success at the highest level, Najeeb Tarakai was a prolific run-getter in Afghanistan’s domestic circuit.