New Delhi: Mohammad Zaryab, the son of former Pakistani cricketer Aamer Hanif, committed suicide by hanging himself over “non-selection in an Under-19 cricket team”. Also Read - Pakistani Channel Heavily Trolled For Presenting Imran Khan's Twitter Poll Victory Over Virat Kohli as Breaking News
Zaryab, who was a first-year college student and Hanif’s oldest son, killed himself on Monday and according to Hanif, who represented Pakistan in five ODIs during the 1990s, his son was upset after he was declared “too old” to be selected for the U-19s. Also Read - Virat Kohli Finishes Second After Imran Khan in ICC Twitter Poll For Cricketers Who Excelled With Captaincy Duties
Zaryab had in January represented Karachi in an U-19 tournament in Lahore, from where he was “sent home over an injury”. The teenager had resisted the move, but he was given an assurance that he would be selected again, the report said. Also Read - New Zealand vs Pakistan 2021: Kane Williamson Goes Past Don Bradman as He Hits Fourth Test Double Hundred
However, he was rejected later on the grounds of being an “overage player”.
Hanif said his son “was forced to commit suicide by coaches and people overseeing the affairs of Under-19 cricket in the country”.
“My son was pressurised… The coaches’ behaviour towards him forced him (to kill himself),” said Hanif, as he pleaded for “other such sons to be saved” from “such (non-cooperative) environment”. (With IANS inputs)