While rejection is very much part and parcel of the game, very few or rather no one will even think of taking the dire step taken by Ghulam Haider Abbas, a young right-arm fast bowler from Pakistan. Fed up with the constant rejections, the budding cricketer tried to end his life by self-immolation in a first-class game in Lahore. However, a timely intervention from others prevented the accident.
“I have been performing well at the club and zonal level but they keep on ignoring me because I am from a poor background,” the pacer was quoted as saying by PTI.
Abbas, who also accused the selectors of demanding a bribe to give him a chance, entered the LCCA ground while a match was being played and tried to pour petrol on himself. But before he could proceed, some alert spectators, who were enjoying the match of the Quaid-e- Azam Trophy, rushed and stopped him. The spectators then informed the ground officials of the incident before the officials pacified him.
“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,” he added.
Meanwhile, the youngster is still not willing to drop his idea of immolating himself as he made it clear that he would set himself on fire at the main entrance of the Gaddafi stadium if his plea is not heard by the Pakistan Cricket Board.
“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,” Abbas added.