NANGARHAR, Afghanistan – Afghanistan Cricket Board has named Behsud Cricket Stadium in Nangarhar province after the Afghan Batsman Najeeb Tarakai, who died in a car accident in the province.
“Afghanistan Cricket Board leadership have decided to name the Behsood Cricket Stadium in Nangarhar after the late Najeeb Tarakai who lost his life after a tragic car accident a few days ago,” said ACB in a statement Wednesday. “The decision was taken considering the fact that Tarakai was loved by the nation and had represented Afghanistan as a national player with pride and valor.”
ACB chairman Farhan Yusefzai said, “There is no doubt that Najeeb Tarakai was a man of high morals and a great asset to the country. We are desolated and saddened with his loss.”
“All the national players, including Najeeb Tarakai, have represented Afghanistan at the world stage with pride and continuously strived to uplift the name of the country,” he added. “In fact, it is their hard work that has brought success in cricket and a sense of pride and joy to the people of Afghanistan.”
Yusefzai said it is important to appreciate his sacrifices and efforts, which is why “today I want to name the Behsood Cricket Stadium in Nangarhar province after him.”
“The stadium shall be called as NajeebUllah Tarakai Cricket Stadium henceforth,” he pronounced.
Last week, 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.
The country’s opening batsman Najeeb Tarakai has played One Day International (ODI) and 12 Twenty20 Internationals for the national team.