Afghanistan opening batsman Najeeb Tarakai, who met with an accident on Friday and was rushed to a nearby hospital in critical condition, succumbed to his injuries earlier this morning. Tarakai was hit by a passing car while crossing the road from a grocery market at Eastern Nangarhar. He went into a coma after the accident and had surgery four days ago.
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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
Tarakai’s last appearance in competitive cricket came last month in the Shpageeza Premier League, in which he made 32 for Mis Ainak Knights. He played 12 T20Is and an ODI for Afghanistan. He made his international debut at the 2014 T20 World Cup in Bangladesh and went on to play against UAE, Ireland, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, and Hong Kong thereafter.
His highest international score of 90 came during the T20I series against Ireland in March 2017. Tarakai made his final international appearance in September 2019, against Bangladesh. His only ODI was against Ireland in 2017. Tarakai played 24 first-class games, scoring 2030 runs at an average of 47.20. He hit six first-class centuries and ten fifties, including a career-high score of 200.