Umar Akmal to consult neurologist following suspected epileptic seizure

Johannesburg, Aug 22 (ANI): Pakistani batsman Umar Akmal will reportedly consult a neurologist for further testing after allegedly suffering an epileptic seizure, which forced his withdrawal from the Zimbabwe tour.

According to Sport24, Akmal, who had featured for the Barbados Tridents side in the inaugural Caribbean Premier League (CPL), had suffered a suspected seizure during his team's flight to Jamaica last week and was promptly rushed back home for treatment.

Stating that further professional advice would be taken on Akmal, who had however, insisted that he was fit to play in Zimbabwe despite the scare, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said that it is arranging an appointment for Akmal with a neurologist to seek professional advice on his medical condition.

Neurologist Saad Shafqat, who is also a well known cricket writer, said that Akmal would not have to worry as long as the MRI is clear as then the epilepsy, if it is there, can be controlled, adding that at Akmal's age, epilepsy is not taken as a serious disease.

Akmal, who has played 16 Tests, 76 one-day and 45 Twenty20 internationals, was dropped from Pakistan's failed campaign in the ICC Champions Trophy in June earlier this year but made a successful return in the series against the West Indies last month, the report added. (ANI)


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