Umar Akmal declared fit

Islamabad: Pakistani batsman Umar Akmal has reportedly been declared fit to play after undergoing medical tests following a mysterious seizure last month during the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).

According to the Daily Times, Akmal was withdrawn from the limited over squad for the Zimbabwe tour after collapsing during a stint in the Twenty20 league last month.

Confirming Akmal`s fitness, Pakistan Cricket Board ( PCB) caretaker chairman Najam Sethi said that he hoped that Akmal could now live up to his `immense potential` and will be able to serve Pakistan cricket with distinction in the future.

Stating that a top neurologist had given Akmal `a clean bill of health` health` with `no restriction on physical activity` and no requirement of medication, the board said that problem was diagnosed as happening due to a lack of sleep, adding that the neurologist had described the condition as a relatively common phenomenon.

According to the board, the neurologist has however, advised Akmal, who is regarded as Pakistan`s most talented batsman produced in the last ten years, to get at least six to seven hours of sleep a night.

Akmal has so far played 16 Tests, 76 one-day and 45 Twenty20 internationals for Pakistan, the report added.


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