Wicketkeeper batsman Umar Akmal is set to make a comeback to the competitive cricket after an extensive medical examination by a neurologist declared him fit, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced on Friday.
Neurologist Dr Nadir Ali Syed said that there is “no restriction on physical activity or exertion” on Akmal, who suffered a mild seizure during last month’s Caribbean Premier League (CPL). He was subsequently ruled out of the Zimbabwe tour.
Akmal spent a night in Jamaica Hospital after suffering from seizure while on board to a Jamaica bound flight and had to spend a night in the hospital. Upon learning about his illness, PCB asked him to return to country immediately to undergo medical examination including MRI scan.
While some initial media reports suggested that it was a seizure of epilepsy, Dr. Nadir dismissed the speculation saying it was triggered due to lack of sleep.
The neurologist also said that the wicketkeeper batsman didn’t need medication or further medical tests at the moment, adding he has been advised to take 6-8 hours of sleep every night.
“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,” PCB said in a statement.
After receiving the clean bill of health, Umar Akmal is likely to stage a comeback to the national setup for the forthcoming series against South Africa in United Arab Emirates (UAE).