IPL 2020: SRH Players Wear Black Armbands To Pay Tribute To Najeeb Tarakai
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IPL 2020: SRH Players Wear Black Armbands To Pay Tribute To Najeeb Tarakai

David Warner, Jonny Bairstow
David Warner, Jonny Bairstow were seen wearing black armbands (Credits: IPLT20)

Sunrisers Hyderabad players were wearing black armbands to condole the death of Afghanistan cricketer Najeeb Tarakai during their clash against Kings XI Punjab in Dubai on Thursday.

On Tuesday, Najeeb Tarakai had tragically passed away aged 29 after meeting a road accident last week. He had undergone a surgery at a local hospital but eventually lost his battle. Najeeb Tarakai was hit by a passing car while crossing the road from a grocery market at Eastern Nangarhar.

SRH’s Afghanistan star Rashid Khan was the one who had insisted that he and his teammates wear a black armband for their game against KXIP, according to commentator Michael Slater. Rashid was good friends with the former Afghanistan batsman and had expressed his grief over his tragic death on Twitter.

Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan. (Credits: Twitter)

Najeeb Tarakai’s career:

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.

Najeeb Tarakai
Najeeb Tarakai (Credits: ESPNcricinfo)

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.

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