Najeeb Tarakai

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Najeeb Tarakai
Personal information
Full name Najeeb Tarakai
Born (1991-02-02) 2 February 1991 (age 27)
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Right-arm offbreak
Role opening batsman
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 42) 24 March 2017 v Ireland
ODI shirt no. 31
T20I debut (cap 25) 16 March 2014 v Bangladesh
Last T20I 10 March 2017 v Ireland
Domestic team information
2011/12 Afghan Cheetahs
Career statistics
Competition T20I ODI
Matches 8 1
Runs scored 213 5
Batting average 18.00 5
100s/50s –/1 –/–
Top score 90 5
Balls bowled
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 1/– –/–
Source: Cricinfo, 24 March 2017

Najeeb Tarakai (born 2 February 1991) is an Afghan cricketer who plays international cricket for the Afghanistan team.

Domestic career[edit]

Tarakai made his Twenty20 debut for the Afghan Cheetahs in the Faysal Bank Twenty-20 Cup against Rawalpindi Rams. He played in the Cheetahs two other fixtures in that competition, against Faisalabad Wolves and Multan Tigers.[1] In these three matches, he scored a total of 54 runs at an average of 18.00, with a high score of 34.[2]

He was the leading run-scorer for Speen Ghar Region in the 2018 Ahmad Shah Abdali 4-day Tournament, with 719 runs in ten matches.[3]

International career[edit]

He made his debut against Bangladesh in the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 tournament.[4] He played two Twenty20 International (T20I) matches for Afghanistan in 2014.[5]

On 10 March 2017 against Ireland, Tarakai scored 90 runs during the second T20I at Greater Noida. This score stands as the second-highest individual score by an Afghan in T20Is, after the century of Mohammad Shahzad. His match-winning performance along with the bowling performance by Rashid Khan, brough him his maiden man of the match award.[6]

He made his One Day International (ODI) debut for Afghanistan against Ireland at the Greater Noida Sports Complex Ground on 24 March 2017.[7]

T20 franchise career[edit]

In September 2018, he was named in Nangarhar's squad in the first edition of the Afghanistan Premier League tournament.[8]


  1. ^ "Twenty20 Matches played by Najib Taraki". CricketArchive. Retrieved 30 September 2011.
  2. ^ "Twenty20 Batting and Fielding For Each Team by Najib Taraki". CricketArchive. Retrieved 30 September 2011.
  3. ^ "Alokozay Ahmad Shah Abdali 4-day Tournament, 2018, Speen Ghar Region: Batting and bowling averages". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  4. ^ "World T20, 1st Match, First Round Group A: Bangladesh v Afghanistan at Dhaka, Mar 16, 2014". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 28 November 2015.
  5. ^ "Najeeb Tarakai". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 28 November 2015.
  6. ^ "Afghanistan tour of India, 2nd T20I: Afghanistan v Ireland at Greater Noida, Mar 10, 2017". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 10 March 2017.
  7. ^ "Afghanistan tour of India, 5th ODI: Afghanistan v Ireland at Greater Noida, Mar 24, 2017". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  8. ^ "Afghanistan Premier League 2018 – All you need to know from the player draft". CricTracker. Retrieved 10 September 2018.

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