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Umar Akmal to consult neurologist

Umar Farooq

August 21, 2013

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Umar Akmal has a bat in the nets, Lahore, July 2, 2013
The PCB is playing it safe with Umar Akmal © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

The Pakistan Cricket Board has sought the advice of a neurologist to further examine the batsman Umar Akmal, who spent a night at a hospital after a seizure on the flight to Jamaica last Wednesday. Akmal, who was playing in the Caribbean Premier League at the time, was asked by the PCB to return to Pakistan and was subsequently ruled out of the limited-overs leg of the Zimbabwe tour.

"It is one in a series of steps that the PCB will be undertaking in assessing the medical problem that occurred to Umar Akmal while he was in the West Indies," the PCB said in a statement. "Umar Akmal is Pakistan's asset and it is important that all necessary measures are taken so that the PCB is assured that he is available to play for Pakistan without posing any risk to his health".

Until yesterday, Akmal did not admit to suffering any illness and asserted that he was fully fit for national selection. ESPNcricinfo understands that the PCB withdrew his selection as a precautionary measure, going by the initial medical report.

The board declared Akmal "medically not fit" and replaced him with the wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed.

"Apparently Umar looked fine but he has been asked to go through a complete medical examination to reassess his condition," PCB doctor Sohail Saleem said. "We were concerned about his health when informed about his medical condition in the West Indies so we have decided to engage a neurologist for detailed advice."

Neurologist Dr Saad Shafqat said Akmal needn't worry. Two cricketers, Jonty Rhodes and Tony Greig, didn't let epilepsy affect their international careers.

"If the MRI is clear then there will be no problems, it will be controlled," Shafqat told AFP. "At Umar's age epilepsy is light and we don't take it as a serious disease."

Pakistan's limited-overs leg of the Zimbabwe tour runs from August 23 to 31. The first Test begins September 3, but Akmal was not picked in the Test squad.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. He tweets here

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Posted by Muhammad_faheem on (August 24, 2013, 7:10 GMT)

yeah Ahsan Javed you right

Posted by   on (August 22, 2013, 18:10 GMT)

God bless Umar Akmal with health because he is a great asset to Pakistan cricket

Posted by AlbertEinstein on (August 22, 2013, 13:31 GMT)

Kamran Akmal gets dropped in Australia, Umer Akmal gets an injury which turns out to be fake and Umar Akmal is duly punished. Kamran Akmal gets dropped in West Indies and this happens.......

Posted by zarasochozarasamjho on (August 22, 2013, 12:45 GMT)

May Umar Akmal recover well and soon. As to him being in the team, neither him or his brother Kamran are test-standard as the figures speak for themselves. Umar Akmal is also sub-standard in limited overs (again check his figures) but he is better than most that Pakistan has to offer. Sheer dearth of talent in a country with nearly 200 million people. Their brother Adnan is one who can be and should be developed.

Posted by Haleos on (August 22, 2013, 10:41 GMT)

Get well soon Akmal. Pak team needs you.

Posted by keptalittlelow on (August 22, 2013, 9:57 GMT)

Umar Akmal has not been handled properly by PCB, if he was in any other country he would be a top batsman today like Hasham Amla.

Posted by   on (August 22, 2013, 8:37 GMT)

He is one of the best batsmen and also the future captain of Pakistan team. His batting style is good and i love to watch him bat like a unfear man. Get well soon umer akmal.

Posted by Lach-Ferragh on (August 22, 2013, 8:26 GMT)

Hope it was genuine and not faked. These Akmal brothers have been known for being drama queens in the past.

Posted by   on (August 22, 2013, 8:15 GMT)

Umer Akmal we love you ... Get well soon ...AMEEEN

Posted by CRICKETILOVEU on (August 22, 2013, 5:14 GMT)

Get Well Soon...... we need u for SA & Srilanka series despirately

Posted by Chaudry_Cricket on (August 21, 2013, 23:24 GMT)

Good step by the pcb. Umar Akmal is a very important part of our cricket set-up and besides we need to make sure he is fully fit for the upcoming south africa and sri-lanka series. During this time Umar Akmal should take full rest to make sure he is ready physically for those tours.

I seriously hope that some sense prevails and that Umar Akmal is relieved of his wicket keeping duties. I know he did a fantastic job in W.I but someone should say to him that his place is secure and let him play the way he wants. Besides he is an amazing fielder who can pluck a catch from anywhere. Oh and please let the guy bat at number 4 for pakistan cricket sake. Misbah was fine at number 5. Umar will rotate strike and hit boundaries at will this will take the preasure of Misbah who will be able to express himself more than people like 'blessed in all facets' Hafeez will allow him. Mohammad Rizwan, Jamal Anwer, Umar Siddique should be our W.k bat options.

Posted by CricketFANonly on (August 21, 2013, 21:17 GMT)

Its such a shame.. he was just beginning to look good now and this happened. i hope MRI is clear and he is ok to play

Posted by   on (August 21, 2013, 17:40 GMT)

wish him best of luck. I think its good to take some precautionary steps and assess his condition completely. ZIM tour is not that important than his health.

Posted by spellbinder76 on (August 21, 2013, 17:29 GMT)

The whole PCB strategy revolves around the Akmal brothers. One of them will always be around. The Zaman Park influence will make sure that one of the Akmal brothers always stays behind the stumps. Why didn't Pakitan ban Kamran Akmal, Imran Farhat, Wahab Riaz and Imran Farhat. They were also accused alongwith Butt, Asif and Amir.

Posted by   on (August 21, 2013, 17:05 GMT)

hope he get well soon i love his batting he is talented batsman i don't know about the Pakistan cricket board what kind of board is that

Posted by delpihero on (August 21, 2013, 15:53 GMT)

Funny when the team does not perform, he then becomes an asset.

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