Jalalabad: Afghanistan batsman Najeeb Tarakai succumbed to injuries on Tuesday after severe road accident last week. He took his last breathe in a hospital where he was admitted.
Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) confirmed the news on their Twitter handle, “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 who lost his life to tragic traffic accident leaving us all shocked! May Allah shower His Mercy on him”.
The 29 year old brilliant cricketer made his international debut in 2014 against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup.
Tarakai played 12 T20Is for Afghanistan where he scored 258 runs, 13 internationals as a top-order batsman for Afghanistan.
National player Najeeb Tarakai was severely injured in a car accident yesterday and is in critical condition even after an operation last night. ACB has so far taken all necessary steps to facilitate his recovery in Nangarhar where he is under treatment currently.
— Afghanistan Cricket Board (@ACBofficials) October 3, 2020
The International Cricket Council (ICC) mourned the untimely demise of the young cricketer. It expressed its grief through a Tweet.
Najeeb Tarakai, who met with an accident last week, has passed away at 29.
He played 13 internationals as a top-order batsman for Afghanistan. RIP. pic.twitter.com/EZysofcGPm
— ICC (@ICC) October 6, 2020
The cricket fraternity has been expressing grief on the cricketer’s sudden death. Mohammad Nabi of the Afghanistan cricket team also shared a message.
It’s very sad to learn Our Friend and Very Fine Cricketer Najeeb Tarakai lost his life to the injuries he was suffering from the recent accident. His loss kept us all stunned and speechless. My deepest condolences to his family and all friends. May his Soul Rest in Peace. pic.twitter.com/OwnQiRWrRV
— Mohammad Nabi (@MohammadNabi007) October 6, 2020
RIP.😢😢Najeeb jana .. pic.twitter.com/RE2FYZ6m17
— Gulbadin Naib (@GbNaib) October 6, 2020
— Mirwais Ashraf (@MirwaisAshraf16) October 6, 2020