Najeeb Tarakai, Afghanistan’s top-order batsman, tragically passed away on Tuesday (October 6). The 29-year-old succumbed to injuries sustained in a road accident. He had met with the accident on Friday and was brought to a nearby hospital in critical condition, where he had also undergone a surgery.
Najeeb Tarakai was hit by a passing car while crossing the road from a grocery market at Eastern Nangarhar. Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) confirmed the unfortunate news on Twitter on Tuesday.
“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,” ACB tweeted.
Having made his first-class debut against Zimbabwe A in 2014, Najeeb Tarakai’s last appearance in competitive cricket came last month in the Shpageeza Premier League when he made32 for Mis Ainak Knights . He played 12 T20Is and one ODI for Afghanistan.
His highest international score of 90 came during the T20I series against Ireland in March 2017, Najeeb Tarakai’s final international appearance came in September 2019, against Bangladesh.
The top-order batsman made his international debut at the 2014 T20 World Cup in Bangladesh. While he did not really enjoy a prolific career in international cricket, he was a consistent performer in first-class cricket where he averaged 47.2 in 24 games.
In April last year, he scored his highest first-class score of 200 against Mis Ainak Region. He scored 2030 runs in first-class cricket with the help of six centuries and ten fifties.