Umar Akmal Cleared To Play

Umar Akmal has been cleared to play cricket again after suffering a seizure
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Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal has been given a clean bill of health after missing the tour to Zimbabwe following a seizure.

That has been put down to sleep deprivation and following an examination by a leading neurologist, Akmal has been told he is well enough to play.

According to Dr. Nadir Syed, the seizure was a one-off and is a relatively common occurrence but Akmal has been advised to ensure he gets six to seven hours sleep per night.

"There is no restriction on physical activity or exertion," Syed confirmed. "There is no need for medication or any further medical tests at this time."

Akmal added: "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."

The seizure was originally reported as a back injury before it was confirmed that he had suffered a seizure with the Barbados Tridents, who he was playing for in the Caribbean Premier League.

He was replaced by Sarfraz Ahmed for the limited overs part of the tour with younger brother Adnan Akmal selected for the Tests.

© Cricket World 2013

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