Najeeb Tarakai, the Afghanistan top-order batsman who was hit by a car in Jalalabad on Friday (02), has died at the age of 29. In a tweet released by the Afghanistan Cricket Board, it said, “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.”
Najeeb Tarakai made his international debut for Afghanistan in 2014 against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup. In 12 Twenty20 Internationals, his highest score has been 90 which he made against Ireland at Greater Noida in 2017. However, that is his only prominent knock and after playing one ODI against Ireland in 2017, he has not featured in any tournament.
Recently, during the Shpageeza T20 tournament in September, he was part of the Mis Ainak Knights. He has a good record in First Class cricket, scoring over 2000 runs at an average of 47 with six centuries and 10 fifites. His highest score is 200. In List A cricket, he averages 32 with 553 runs in 17 matches with a high score of 121.