Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal has been given green light to resume playing by the country’s one of the topmost neurologist, Dr Nadir Ali Syed. The Pakistan cricket board announced that Dr Nadir has given a clean bill of health without any restriction on physical exertion.
Akmal 23, suffered a seizure on a flight to Jamaica and had spent a night in the hospital. He was playing for Barbados Tridents in the CPL. The PCB has referred Akmal to return to Pakistan immediately for complete medical examination by neurologist, Dr Nadir.
The doctor confirmed that Akmal didn’t need any medical tests or medication at this time. Syed confirmed that the seizure was caused due to sleep deprivation.
According to Dr. Nadir, it was a common occurrence and doesn’t need restrictions on Mr. Akmal. He only needs a sleep of at least 6-7 hours every night”, PCB said.
Akmal said, “I am very thankful to the PCB in particularly Chairman Sethi Sahib, for being so caring and supportive including personal care and counselling”.
Despite asserting to the board that he was fully fit for national selection, PCB declared Akmal medically unfit and replaced him by wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmad for the limited-overs leg of the Zimbabwe tour.
Akmal was recently awarded a cash prize of rupee 600,000 (USD $6000) for strong performance in the limited-overs series against West Indies. He has played in 16 tests for Pakistan, scoring 1,003 runs at an average of 35.82. He has also featured in 76 one dayers and 45Twenty20s for his country.
He is now hoping to get back into squad for next month’s series against South Africa in the United Arab Emirates.