Pakistan news August 17, 2013

Umar Akmal to miss Zimbabwe ODIs, T20s


Umar Akmal, the Pakistan batsman, will miss the limited-overs leg of the Zimbabwe tour. Akmal, who is in the West Indies playing in the Caribbean Premier League, spent a night at the hospital after a seizure on the flight to Jamaica on Wednesday.

The PCB has asked Akmal to return to Pakistan so that he can be further examined by a neurologist. He will be accompanied by a doctor on his return flight as a precautionary measure. Wicketkeeper batsman Sarfraz Ahmed has been named his replacement for the ODIs and the T20s.

The PCB received the confirmation from the West Indies about Akmal's medical condition and decided not to send him on the tour of Zimbabwe.

"He has immediately been called back," the PCB said in a statement. "He will undergo complete medical examination to reassess the level of his fitness, meanwhile National Selection Committee has proposed the name of Sarfraz Ahmad as his replacement for Pakistan ODI and T20 squads for the upcoming tour of Zimbabwe."

Akmal, 23, had recently been awarded a cash prize of Rs. 600,000 (USD $6000) for his performances in the limited-overs series against West Indies. He played some valuable knocks during the series and was solid behind the stumps. However, he has had a disappointing run at the CPL, where he is representing the Barbados Tridents, scoring 49 runs at an average of 8.16. Akmal was scheduled to join the Pakistan squad directly in Zimbabwe next week.

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

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  • Dummy4 on August 21, 2013, 14:39 GMT

    The selectors of Cricket Board have always reflected the sign of PURCHIISM and later on, in some cases they changed their decision after great pressure from the public. In television interview Umar Akmal says that he is fit but the Board says that he is unfit and needs to be thoroughly checked in Pakistan. Who is right and who is wrong. If four brothers of one family can play then why not three brothers, if they deserve. The Board and selectors should work in the best interest of the country and nation and should destroy the future of the talented players due to personal grudge. There is still time to call back Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal and his brother to retain the dignity of Pakistan.

  • Dummy4 on August 20, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    Sarfraz Ahmed.. He's a D list wicket keeper who often drops catches at the domestic circuit. Yup, makes perfect sense why he's back on the team.

  • Fahad on August 20, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    I really love this decision by selecting Sarfaraz Again, he help us giving us Asia Cup, he was the highest scorer and hence batted in tough situation, Good luck sarfaraz. umar is the future of Pakistan and he should not be wasted by giving him additional burden on his shoulders..............

  • Dummy4 on August 19, 2013, 22:31 GMT

    My Favourite cricketer ..I love him ....may Allah give him good health...Ameeen after long time I have seen passion and talent togather ..

  • Kashif on August 19, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    We pray that Umar Akmal's health is fine and that he gets back to the squad as soon as possible. Although Sarfaraz is arguably a better keeper (I say arguably because Umar has worked on his keeping a lot and I was really impressed in WI series), I find it disturbing that some people are proposing that Umar is not a good batsman and that Sarfaraz comes anywhere close to Umar in batting ability.

    Umar Akmal is the best batsman intruduced to Pakistan cricket in the last decade (Misbah was introduced more than 10 years ago). Had he not been dropped he would be the highest ranked Pakistani batsman in the rankings. He was the only one in top 10 before being dropped and is still 2nd highest Pakistani at number 13.

    We should bat him at number 4 to maximise his potential. Let's just pray for him and Pakistan cricket and hope that he makes a speedy return iA.

  • Dummy4 on August 19, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    @Jawad Taki: My vote is for Sarfaraz as first choice WK in the team. Umar is yet to prove himself as an accomplish batsman in the team let aside we start consider him a good keeper cum batsman... If given half the chances as that Umar was given Sarfaraz would prove himself a better replacement than both the Akmal bros. Elder one is pathatic, where as Umar needs to focus more on his batting rather then concentrating both on battin & Wk

  • sahar on August 19, 2013, 5:48 GMT

    May Allah bless him with health. He is the most exciting talent of Pakistan cricket. but he needs to focus on the game only.

  • Dummy4 on August 18, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    you don't just need a wicket-keeper , a wicket-keeper who can bat well in tough situations and sarfaraz has got little to show with his willow.MOIN KHAN has been a great player of pakistan as a wicket-keeper batsman so he should have really gave a thought about it. It would have been a perfect platform in the ZIMBABWE TOUR to introduce RIZWAN or they could have gone for ADNAN AKMAL but not SARFARAZ really

  • Dummy4 on August 18, 2013, 16:41 GMT

    he is wicket keeping in pak team, i know about him and his brother domination in the team ,that:s why he is keeping .otherwise sarfaraz ahmad is the best choice of pak team

  • NAEEM on August 18, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    Sarfraz Ahmed is better WK than Akmal's. It good to have another chance for Sarfraz. The people says that his batting is not upto the mark, but they first look that how regular he got the chances. In South Africa he got better in his last test iNN. Than he dropped from the team. I can bet if he got proper regular chances he is more reliable batsman than Kamran Akmal. He is also not in Misbah's good book. But the main thing is that Umar Akmal is most talented batsman in the PaK team. He is not specialist keeper. His injury is because of extra burden on him to hold the glows behind wickets.

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