Afghan opener, who was in coma after road crash, dies
Published: 12:25 PM, 6 October 2020
Afghanistan`s opening batsman Najeeb Tarakai was in a coma after a fatal car accident
Afghanistan's opening batsman Najeeb Tarakai passed away on Tuesday. The 29-year-old had sustained severe injuries and was in a coma after a fatal car accident in Jalalabad on Friday.
Confirming the information, the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) took to Twitter to announce the demise of the cricketer.
“ACB and Afghanistan Cricket Loving Nation mourns the heartbreaking 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,” the ACB tweeted.
Tarakai was crossing a road in Eastern Nangarhar on Friday when he was hit by a car and rushed to the hospital. On that day ACB reported, "His condition is not stable and the doctor said he is critically injured and we are not sure what is in store for him."
Najeeb Tarakai made his international debut in March 2014 and has so far played 12 T20Is and one ODI for Afghanistan. In T20Is, he has made 258 runs including a half-century.
He has played 24 first-class matches, scoring 2030 runs at 47.20 including six centuries and 10 fifties. In 17 List A matches, he has made 553 runs at 32.52 that includes a century and three half-centuries.
Meanwhile, in another incident, Afghanistan umpire Bismillah Jan Shenwari survived a car bomb attack while seven members of his family were killed in the attack. At least 15 people were killed and more than 40 wounded in a suicide car bomb attack that targeted a government building in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar.