Karachi U19 cricketer, Mohammad Zaryab, committed suicide on Tuesday after being disillusioned by his cricketing career.
Zaryab, son of former Pakistan batsman Aamer Hanif, represented Karachi in a U19 tournament in Lahore last month but was sent back due to injury.
However, Hanif revealed that his son resisted the move since he believed his injury was not serious enough for him to be sent back.Zaryab, who was Hanif’s oldest son, hanged himself to death on Monday.
While talking to The Express Tribune, Hanif, who represented Pakistan in five ODIs in the 90’s, revealed that his son took his life because of the injustices he faced in cricket.
“What my son has done, or what he faced, I hope no other player has to go through this,” said Hanif. “He was pressurized too much while playing matches at the U19 level. He was disappointed and left all cricket behind and went into a deep depression. I tried to motivate him but he did this due to the injustices and mistreatment he faced at the U19 level" said Zayrab'a father.
"My son was disappointed with the attitude of the coaches," he said. "We should take steps to save others' sons," he added.
Zaryab had in January represented Karachi in a 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. However, he was rejected later on the grounds of being an "overage player".