Afghanistan Cricketer Najeeb Tarakai Succumbs To Fatal Injuries At The Age Of 29
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Afghanistan Cricketer Najeeb Tarakai Succumbs To Fatal Injuries At The Age Of 29

Najeeb Tarakai
Najeeb Tarakai

Najeeb Tarakai, the Afghanistan batsman who was severely injured in a car accident on October 2 and had subsequently undergone surgery had passed away on 6th October.

He played 12 T20Is and one ODI for Afghanistan and was Afghanistan’s top-order batsman. He died at the ripe age of 29.

Najeeb Tarakai
Najeeb Tarakai. Photo Credit: Twitter.

Najeeb Tarakai Dies At 29 After Fatal Road Accident

Najeeb Tarakai, the Afghanistan right-handed batsman has died at the age of 29 after succumbing to injuries sustained in a road accident. On 2 October 2020, he sustained a severe head injury after being hit by a car while crossing a road in Jalalabad. He was taken to a nearby hospital in Nangarhar where he subsequently underwent surgery while being in a coma. He died four days later on 6 October 2020 as his death was being confirmed by the Afghanistan Cricket Board.

Najeeb Tarakai
Najeeb Tarakai. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

“ACB and Afghanistan Cricket Loving Nation mourns the heartbreaking & 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,” the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) tweeted on Tuesday.

https://twitter.com/ACBofficials/status/1313305399580389377?s=20

He made his debut against Bangladesh in the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 tournament. On 10 March 2017 against Ireland, Najeeb Tarakai scored 90 runs during the second T20I at Greater Noida. His match-winning performance brought him his maiden man of the match award. He made his One Day International (ODI) debut for Afghanistan against Ireland at the Greater Noida Sports Complex Ground on 24 March 2017.

Najeeb Tarakai Had Featured In 12 T20Is and 1 ODI For Afghanistan

He was severely injured in a car accident on October 2 and he had subsequently undergone surgery. He was being treated in Nangarhar, the Afghanistan Cricket Board had tweeted on Saturday. He last played competitive cricket in September this year as he featured in the Shpageeza Premier League.

He played 12 Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) and one One-day International (ODI) for Afghanistan. He had made his international debut at the 2014 T20 World Cup in Bangladesh. In 1 ODI he scored 5 runs while in 12 T20Is he scored 258 runs averaging 21.5 with 1 fifty.

Najeeb Tarakai
Najeeb Tarakai. Photo Credit: Twitter.

His highest international score of 90 had come during the T20I series against Ireland in March 2017. He also played 24 first-class games, scoring 2030 runs at an average of 47.20 with 6 hundreds and 10 fifties. In 17 List A matches, he scored 553 runs averaging 32.5 with 1 century and 3 50s. In 33 T20s he scored 700 runs averaging 21.2 with 3 half-centuries. He has also picked up 21 wickets in first-class and 1 wicket in List A.