KARACHI: Pakistan on Friday said young batsman Umar Akmal was fit to play after undergoing medical tests following a seizure last month.

The 23-year-old was withdrawn from the limited over squad for the Zimbabwe tour after collapsing during a stint in the Caribbean league last month.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) ordered Umar to undergo medical tests and on Friday declared him fit.

PCB caretaker chairman Najam Sethi hoped that Umar could now “live up to his immense potential and be able to serve Pakistan cricket with distinction in the months and years to come”.

The board said a top Pakistani neurologist had given Umar “a clean bill of health” with “no restriction on physical activity” and “no need for medication or any further medical tests”.

The report, the PCB said, diagnosed “lack of sleep”.

The neurologist described it as a one-off but relatively common phenomenon that “does not necessitate any restrictions on him” other than getting at least six to seven hours of sleep a night.

“This is really good news for Umar... The PCB is now relieved at the prognosis and removal of doubts on his health.”

Umar thanked the PCB for “providing me every possible support, including great personal care and counselling”.

Umar, who has so far played 16 Tests, 76 one-day and 45 Twenty20 internationals, is regarded as Pakistan's most talented batsman produced in the last 10 years.

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September 6, 2013 2:25 pm

Excellent! Our to be T20 captain is back!

September 6, 2013 8:08 pm

This is excellent news. Good luck Umar for the future. You will make Pakistan proud.

September 6, 2013 11:05 pm

Please send him on next flight to Zimbabwe for 2nd Test.We need him badly.Delighted to hear about your developments.Good luck and all the best ahead.

Nadeem Mirza
September 7, 2013 4:19 am

I agree with the last sentence " Umar Akmal regarded as Pakistan's most talented batsman produced in the last 10 years." But how unfortunate he has no part in Test and consistently being dropped from ODIs including no part in Champions Trophy. Are our selectors blind or unqualified???

September 7, 2013 5:29 am

@Que: I hope so

September 7, 2013 6:56 pm

Finally we seem to have settled on the fact that Umar is essential to our teams performance. Leaving him out of the lineup cost us big in South Africa. Hopefully, sane heads will prevail and PCB will take an active role in grooming him to realize his potential.

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