Ghulam Haidar Abbas, a young pacer in Pakistan tried to attempt suicide after getting rejected by the selectors again and again. Ghulam plays for East Zone in the Lahore Association.
The incident took place during the match at Lahore City Cricket Associatiom Stadium in a first class match. He tried to pour petrol on himself.
Some alert onlookers watching the match of the Quaid-e- Azam Trophy rushed and stopped the budding cricketer and raised an alarm after which some LCCA officials pacified him.
The young pacer informed that the selectors demanded bribe to give him chance in the team. He was fed up with false promises by officials that he would get a chance to play in first-class cricket matches for the Lahore team.
After the incident, he said in an interview: “I have been performing well at the club and zonal level but they keep on ignoring me because I am from a poor background.”
He added: “At the end, they finally told me that if I want to play for the Lahore team, I should pay them money. Today I came here totally fed up and wanted to end my life.”
In the end, Ghulam also warned the Pakistan Cricket Board that he would set himself on fire at main entrance of Gaddafi Stadium if he still gets ignored.
“If I die, the east zone officials and the LCCA head should be held responsible for it because they are not selecting players on merit.”