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Akmal suffered the seizure while representing the Barbados Tridents in the CPL
Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Umar Akmal has been cleared to resume playing cricket with “no restriction on physical activity or exertion” after getting a clean bill of health from his neurologist.
Akmal was ordered to see Dr Nadir Ali Syed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) after suffering a seizure on a flight to Jamaica during the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).
Akmal spent a night in the hospital and was immediately flown back to Pakistan to begin treatment.
Dr Syed revealed that Akmal suffered a seizure due to a lack of sleep and added that the 23-year-old did not need to undergo any more tests nor take any medication.
“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,” the PCB said.
Akmal was extremely grateful for all the support he received from the PCB, and said: “I am really grateful to the PCB, in particular Chairman Sethi Sahib, for being extremely caring and providing me every possible support including great personal care and counselling.”
Despite being cleared to resume his international career, Akmal was declared “medically unfit” by the PCB.