KABUL’s opening batsman Najeeb Tarakai on Tuesday succumbed to the grievous injuries he suffered in a road accident, the board said.
On Saturday, the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) had tweeted that Tarakai had undergone a surgery being severely injured in a car accident.
He breathed in a hospital on Tuesday (October 6). “ACB and the cricket-loving Afghan nation mourn the heart-breaking loss of its aggressive opening batsman.”
The board hailed him as a fine human being, who lost his life to the traffic accident at the age of 29. “May Allah shower His mercy on him.”
Najeeb made his debut for Afghanistan in an ODI against Ireland in 2014 at Greater Noida. However, he carved out a niche for himself in the T20Is.
In this format, he represented Afghanistan on 12 occasions. His T20I debut also came in 2014 against Bangladesh in Dhaka.
He played his last T20I match against Bangladesh in September 2019. In his 12 T20Is, he scored 258 runs at 21.50, with a strike-rate of 122.85. His highest score was 99.
Tarakai last appeared in the Shpageeza Cricket League, playing for MIS Ainak Knights against Kabul Eagles. In his last match, he hit made 32 off 22 balls with five fours and a six.