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Former Pakistan cricketer's son commits suicide over non-selection in Under-19 team

Zaryab had in January represented Karachi in an U-19 tournament in Lahore, from where he was "sent home over an injury".

Edited by: India TV Sports Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: February 20, 2018 17:11 IST ]
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Former Pakistan cricketer Aamer Hanif's son Mohammad Zaryab reportedly committed suicide by hanging himself after being dropped from an Under-19 cricket team. Zaryab, who was a first-year college student, was upset after he was declared too old to be selected for the U-19s.

"My son was pressurised, he was told he was overage. The coaches behaviour towards him forced him (to kill himself yesterday)," said Hanif, as he pleaded for other such sons to be saved from such (non-cooperative) environment.

Hanif has represented Pakistan in five ODIs during the 1990s. 

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.

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".

(With PTI inputs)

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