Afghan cricketer Tarakai,29, dies in road accident


FILE PHOTO: Afghanistan's Najeeb Tarakai (L) leaves the field as Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan (C) and his teammates celebrate his dismissal during their ICC Twenty20 World Cup match at the Sher-E-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka March 16, 2014. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: Afghanistan's Najeeb Tarakai (L) leaves the field as Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan (C) and his teammates celebrate his dismissal during their ICC Twenty20 World Cup match at the Sher-E-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka March 16, 2014. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj/File Photo

Afghanistan top order batsman Najeeb Tarakai has died from injuries following a road accident last week, the country’s cricket board said on Tuesday(6).



The 29-year-old was critically injured in the accident on Friday(2), the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) said without sharing details.

“ACB … mourns the heartbreaking & grievous loss of its aggressive opening batsman & a very fine human being…” the board tweeted.

Tarakai made his international debut in the 2014 T20 World Cup in Bangladesh and played his only one-day international against Ireland in 2017.



Tarakai scored 32 in his last outing for Mis Ainak Knights in the Shpageeza Cricket League last month.