Afghanistan cricketer Najeeb Tarakai passes away at 29Last updated on Oct 06, 2020, 12:54 pm
Afghanistan's top-order batsman Najeeb Tarakai, on Tuesday, passed away after sustaining injuries in a road accident.
According to news reports, Najeeb was struck by a car while crossing the road at Eastern Nangarhar, last week.
He was then brought to a nearby hospital in critical condition, where he also underwent surgery.
The Afghanistan Cricket Board recently confirmed the unfortunate development.
The ACB mourns Najeeb's untimely death
"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," the cricket board tweeted.
A look at ACB's tweet
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!— Afghanistan Cricket Board (@ACBofficials) October 6, 2020
May Allah Shower His Mercy on him pic.twitter.com/Ne1EWtymnO
How Najeeb fared in international cricket
Najeeb Tarakai made his international debut for Afghanistan in the 2014 World T20, against Bangladesh.
The right-handed batsman played 12 T20Is and scored 258 runs at an average of 21.50.
His highest international score of 90 came against Ireland in 2017.
He also featured in an ODI against Ireland during that year.
Notably, his final international appearance was in September 2019, against Bangladesh.
A look at his domestic career
Najeeb had been a consistent performer in the domestic circuit.
He amassed 2,030 runs in First-class cricket at 47.20. He also had 553 List A runs to his name.
In April 2019, he racked up his highest First-class score (200 vs Mis Ainak Region).
Over a period of six years, Najeeb also snapped up 21 First-class and four List A wickets.
Najeeb last played in the Shpageeza Cricket League
Najeeb's last appearance in competitive cricket came a month ago in the Shpageeza Cricket League (T20), wherein he made 32 for Mis Ainak Knights against Kabul Eagles. Overall, he registered 700 runs from 33 T20Is at 21.21, which also included 3 fifties.