Umar Akmal cleared of any serious medical problem

Karachi: Pakistan`s wicketkeeper-batsman Umar Akmal on Friday heaved a sigh of relief as he has been cleared of any serious medical problem by the country`s one of the topmost neurologists, Dr Nadir Ali Syed.

The Pakistan Cricket Board today announced Dr Nadir has given Akmal a clean bill of health with "no restriction on physical activity or exertion" and "no need for medication or any further medical tests at this time".

The PCB had referred Akmal to Dr Nadir for specialist advice after the player fell unconscious on a flight while playing in the Caribbean Premier League in August.

"We referred him because we wanted to be absolutely sure about his medical condition and it is indeed great news he is now available to play for Pakistan," a PCB official said.

The official also said that Dr Nadir has diagnosed Akmal "for seizure due to sleep deprivation".

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

The caretaker Chairman of the board, Najam Sethi has hoped that the talented player "shall live up to his immense potential and be able to serve Pakistan cricket with distinction in the months and years to come".

With Pakistan due to play two important "home" series against South Africa and Sri Lanka in the UAE from October, the availability of Akmal will come as good news to the national selectors.


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