Pakistan news September 6, 2013

Umar Akmal cleared by neurologist


Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal has been cleared by a neurologist with "no restriction on physical activity or exertion" after he suffered a seizure during the Caribbean Premier League last month.

Akmal, 23, who was playing for Barbados Tridents in the CPL, suffered a seizure on a flight to Jamaica and had to spend a night in the hospital. The PCB asked Akmal to return to Pakistan immediately for an extensive medical examination by neurologist, Dr Nadir Ali Syed.

Syed confirmed that the seizure was triggered due to sleep deprivation. The doctor also confirmed that Akmal did not need medication or any further medical tests at this time. The clean bill of health means that the wicketkeeper-batsman is now available for national selection.

The PCB said: "According to him (Nadir), it was a one-off incident, a relatively common occurrence and does not necessitate any restrictions on Mr. Akmal, other than ensuring at least 6-7 hours of sleep every night."

Akmal expressed his gratitude for the support he got from the board. "I am really grateful to the PCB, in particular Chairman Sethi Sahib, for being extremely caring and providing me every possible support including great personal care and counselling," he said.

Despite asserting to the board that he was fully fit for national selection, Akmal was declared "medically unfit" by the PCB. He was replaced by wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed for the limited-overs leg of the Zimbabwe tour.

Akmal, who had missed out on the South Africa tour and the Champions Trophy, was recently awarded a cash prize of Rs. 600,000 (USD $6000) for strong performances in the limited-overs series against West Indies. He was the second-highest run-getter on the tour, scoring 175 runs in 5 ODIs at an average of 58.33. Akmal's run in the CPL, however, was disappointing as he scored 49 runs at an average of 8.16 in six matches.

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

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  • Asim on September 9, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    I think Umar Akmal is the most talented batsmen pakistan have produced in the last few years.I don't think he lacks temperament and throws away his wicket e.g in the last ODI series against WI he scored at an average of 50+ with the 100+ strike rate. How can such a batsman lack temperament, its just that in pakistan seniors don't want a talented player to cement his place because then they wont be able to keep their place. Slectors and even people are so harsh to players like Umar Akmal and Imran Farhat but are very generous to some senior player like Hafeez etc and those senior player don't let the youngster to gain confidence. How can Hafeez be in the test team having average of 8 in last 1 yr even Imran farhar had much higher average and why he was also not dropped after CT failure when so many other players were dropped.Even last time Umar was dropped from the team for no reason when he was performing better than many others.

  • Joe on September 8, 2013, 3:30 GMT

    Umar is a wonderful talent and potential to be a great. However he has been wasting the opportunities given to him and throwing his wicket away to stupid shots. If he could get a hold of himself and start playing the way he was meant to play, Pakistan have a good solid batsman to shore up the batting. He probably needs a mentor, some senior player to advise and guide him.

  • Dummy4 on September 8, 2013, 2:48 GMT

    lacks temperament so no need to get forcefully selected for tests ,however he is fine odi player and can enjoy that circus and also that medicore Haeeeez should be confined only to t20s , as

  • umair on September 7, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    ahan finally al good news, we need him most as a hard hitting batsman at end of the innings !

  • Alex on September 7, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    great to hear he's ok, they should pick him for tests now! had they stuck with him over the last couple of years he could have been a much talked about up and coming name in the test arena! pity they didn't back him!

  • Dummy4 on September 7, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    @gsingh7 i think you follow some other sports not cricket, Umer Akmal always perform against internationl bowler , he won matches for Paksitna, thes reason he is no consistant in the team, it the fear which senior are smelling from him, as he is true world class player and likes of misbah and hafeez just average, even hafeez is below average. nothing wrong with umer . look at his avgs.

  • Dummy4 on September 7, 2013, 3:22 GMT

    Great news!! Cant wait to have you back in the squad!

  • Android on September 7, 2013, 0:56 GMT

    you are the real fighter and future of pakistan cricket pad up for S.A tour

  • ESPN on September 6, 2013, 21:30 GMT

    Dear Umer Akal we miss you too much , Thanks to GOD that you are fine, B Wish you best of luck in the future for team Pakistan

  • Mohammad on September 6, 2013, 20:34 GMT

    @gsingh7 who said Umar Akmal is not good when playing in foreign countries?He is the one who plays much better than other Pak players.If we look at the 2010 ICC World Twenty20,,Series against Australia in England,Series against New zeland and series against West Indies,he has been the best for Pakistan.He has played more in the subcontinent than foreign countries so how can you make him so poor in foreign countries?Very astonishing for me.

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