Afghanistan top-order batsman Najeeb Tarakai has passed away after sustaining injuries in a road accident last week.
The 29-year-old was critically injured in the accident that occurred on Friday in Eastern Nangarhar, with plans being made to shift him to Kabul or outside Afghanistan for further treatment.
He breathed his last in his hometown after failing to regain consciousness since the accident four days ago.
"ACB and Afghanistan Cricket Loving Nation mourns the heartbreaking & 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 board tweeted.
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!— Afghanistan Cricket Board (@ACBofficials) October 6, 2020
May Allah Shower His Mercy on him pic.twitter.com/Ne1EWtymnO
Tarakai represented Afghanistan in 12 T20Is and a solitary ODI appearance against Ireland in March 2017. His last international match took place last year in September against Bangladesh in Dhaka, with the visitors prevailing by 25 runs.
Tarakai, known for his power-hitting abilities, was also in action during the recently concluded domestic Shpageeza Cricket League. His score of 32 for Mis Ainak Knights against Kabul Eagles on September 8 was his final match in competitive cricket.
Tarakai made his T20 debut for the now-defunct Afghan Cheetahs in Pakistan's Faysal Bank T20 Cup in 2011 and got his first game with the national side three years later.
Additionally, he played 24 first-class games, averaging an impressive 47.20 including a double ton against Mis Ainak Region.