NANGARHAR, Afghanistan – The country’s opening batsman Najeeb Tarakai – who has played One Day International (ODI) and 12 Twenty20 Internationals for the national team – passed away at age of 29, after bearing severe wounds during a vehicular accident in Nangarhar.
Tarakai was admitted to a local hospital, describing his condition critical, after he was hit by a car while crossing a road in Eastern Nangarhar in Jalalabad, according to sources.
“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!,” the Afghanistan Cricket Board said in a tweet Tuesday morning.
On Saturday, Tarakai was severely injured in a car accident and was in critical condition even after an operation, according to the Board. ACB has so far taken all necessary steps to facilitate his recovery in Nangarhar where he is under treatment currently.
“ACB is also in regular contact with relevant authorities to assess his health condition and shift him to Kabul or outside Afghanistan as soon as possible whenever allowed by health officials,” the ACB tweeted Saturday. “ACB staff and leadership pray for his speedy recovery and wish him good health.”