Pakistan news September 6, 2013

Umar Akmal cleared by neurologist

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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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  • asim229 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.

  • joelucky 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.

  • 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

  • umairasgharbutt 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 !

  • Gowza 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!

  • 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.

  • on September 7, 2013, 3:22 GMT

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

  • on September 7, 2013, 0:56 GMT

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

  • 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

  • Fineline 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.

  • asim229 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.

  • joelucky 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.

  • 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

  • umairasgharbutt 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 !

  • Gowza 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!

  • 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.

  • on September 7, 2013, 3:22 GMT

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

  • on September 7, 2013, 0:56 GMT

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

  • 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

  • Fineline 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.

  • on September 6, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    just get back to your business Umar this was small hurdle to make you strong ... remember you have to fill in miandad's/inzamam/misbah's shoes in future! May Allah bless you with everything you need along the way!

  • Unmesh_cric on September 6, 2013, 15:38 GMT

    My favorite batsman in Pakistan side..has a positive approach to batting which is lacking in Pakistan batting right now in limited overs cricket. I think Pakistan missed him badly in the Champions Trophy. I did not understand why he was dropped from Champions Trophy. Without him, Pakistan were finding it difficult to score even 3-4 runs an over. If managed properly, this guy can be 'Kohli' of Pakistan side. Good luck, Umar!

  • on September 6, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    Umar Akmal is one of the most talented young batsmen in the world. It would be a pity if his talent were to go a waste due to the topsy-turvy politics which dominate Pakistani cricket. One needs to be bloody minded in such circumstances to succeed.

  • on September 6, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    good news for Pakistan and for u.akmal

  • on September 6, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    why are people even talking about temperament of Umar akmal. He is only 23. A player's peak age is about 28-30. So he is still expectedly raw with lots to learn, but very performing. No player starts off perfect but improve overtime.

  • gsingh7 on September 6, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    @ibrarhunzai--- what u wanna say ?? dont get ur point. kambli was most talented player of his generation,better first class record than sachin,probably more talented than grace ,bradman and even sachin,but he was psychologically fragile like akmal or he cud not score runs vs international bowlers. so he is commenting on news channels for years now while sachin has become best batsman of this generation and still playing against international bowlers after 24 years of debut. what use of kambli's talent if he cud not score runs ? similarly what use of akmals talent if he cud not score runs and win matches for pak? he needs to improve or make way to younger "talent"

  • gsingh7 on September 6, 2013, 12:06 GMT

    umart is talented player with big heart , but he is psychologically fragile. still remember how he got out cheaply against superior ranked sides like india and sa in previous tournaments. he is bit like jamshed, good at home below average away. like jamshed he has massive diff in average home and away. he needs to improve his game or he will be another pak talent wasted. also misbah still is best batsman in country and he is nearly retiring. young talent is not coming through in pak cricket.hope they will produce competitive sides in near future.

  • Ibrarhunzai on September 6, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    Umar is highly talented but has temperametal issue. He is even more talented than JAckes KAllis, Rahul Dravid or Younus Khan but when it comes to temperament and shot selection he is way way behind them.

  • on September 6, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    a sigh of relief otherwise rumors were he has hysteria symptoms in west indies. he is a talented player indeed future of pakistan.

  • on September 6, 2013, 11:02 GMT

    Umar Akmal is a gritty player of immense talent. Good to hear that he is in good health. all the best to him

  • Stark62 on September 6, 2013, 9:52 GMT

    The best news for Pak in a very long time!!

    Also, he should be given a chance at no. 6 in Tests because he played most of his Test matches in Eng, Aus, Nz and WI, which are tough for batting or move Azhar to open with Hafeez (need him for his off-spin in the UAE) and play U. Akmal at no. 5 and if not Umar, then it should be Fawad or Harris.

  • on September 6, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    good news

  • on September 6, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    umar akmal is a brilliant talent. I still can't understand why he wasn't playing in Chanpions Trophy. He can play like a misbah like innings of solidity or blast like afridi or razzak. And why isn't he playing in the test team. They are seriously wasting his talent. He is one guy that can survive a tough period, but also dominate giving pakistan momentum at middle order. They should drop hafeez (he is a very good limited overs player but thats it) and promote the azar ali to opening, younis khan at 3, misbah at 4 and then umar akmal at 5, with asad shafiq at 6 - the south african type batting order.

  • hunain94 on September 6, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    Its great news umar is key for pakistan .....hope he regains his place in test side soon

  • Chaudry_Cricket on September 6, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    This is fantastic news ... He will be a vital player in the upcoming RSA and Sri Lanka series. I hope we let him bat at no.4.

  • on September 6, 2013, 7:53 GMT

    Long Live Umar Akmal...from India..

  • on September 6, 2013, 7:45 GMT

    now it is encouraging ............really happy :)

  • on September 6, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    Great news.. he will be available for SA series and that will boost pakistan's batting..

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  • on September 6, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    Great news.. he will be available for SA series and that will boost pakistan's batting..

  • on September 6, 2013, 7:45 GMT

    now it is encouraging ............really happy :)

  • on September 6, 2013, 7:53 GMT

    Long Live Umar Akmal...from India..

  • Chaudry_Cricket on September 6, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    This is fantastic news ... He will be a vital player in the upcoming RSA and Sri Lanka series. I hope we let him bat at no.4.

  • hunain94 on September 6, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    Its great news umar is key for pakistan .....hope he regains his place in test side soon

  • on September 6, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    umar akmal is a brilliant talent. I still can't understand why he wasn't playing in Chanpions Trophy. He can play like a misbah like innings of solidity or blast like afridi or razzak. And why isn't he playing in the test team. They are seriously wasting his talent. He is one guy that can survive a tough period, but also dominate giving pakistan momentum at middle order. They should drop hafeez (he is a very good limited overs player but thats it) and promote the azar ali to opening, younis khan at 3, misbah at 4 and then umar akmal at 5, with asad shafiq at 6 - the south african type batting order.

  • on September 6, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    good news

  • Stark62 on September 6, 2013, 9:52 GMT

    The best news for Pak in a very long time!!

    Also, he should be given a chance at no. 6 in Tests because he played most of his Test matches in Eng, Aus, Nz and WI, which are tough for batting or move Azhar to open with Hafeez (need him for his off-spin in the UAE) and play U. Akmal at no. 5 and if not Umar, then it should be Fawad or Harris.

  • on September 6, 2013, 11:02 GMT

    Umar Akmal is a gritty player of immense talent. Good to hear that he is in good health. all the best to him

  • on September 6, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    a sigh of relief otherwise rumors were he has hysteria symptoms in west indies. he is a talented player indeed future of pakistan.