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Rhodes said he too suffered from a very mild form of epilepsy, so the illness never really threatened his career. -Photo by AFP
Rhodes said he too suffered from a very mild form of epilepsy, so the illness never really threatened his career. -Photo by AFP

MUMBAI: Former South African batsman and brilliant fielder Jonty Rhodes has advised unfit Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal to be patient and follow the doctor’s advice to overcome his ‘mysterious’ illness.

Umar was recently diagnosed with a seizure condition which is co-related with epilepsy, a disease which also affected former Test players like the late Tony Greig and Jonty Rhodes.

In medical terms, the frequent attacks of ‘seizure’ is called epilepsy.

Speaking exclusively over his mobile from South Africa, the 45-year-old Rhodes said: “Umar Akmal is a dashing batsman and can play for many years to come.

"However, to overcome his present condition, has to be patient and strictly follow the medications prescribed by his doctor."

“A seizure is a sudden surge of vibration-creative activity in the brain. The frequency of attack is different in different people because all people have different brains,” elaborated Rhodes.

“I would like to tell Umar that this disease is curable if proper dosage of medicine is maintained. He must look after himself at this stage to prolong his career,” Rhodes added.

Rhodes said he suffered from a very mild form of epilepsy, so the illness never really threatened his career.

“I had a very mild form of epilepsy so the treatment was also of short duration and never hampered my career as such.”

Meanwhile, Umar is being treated by Lahore’s renowned neuro-physician, Dr Atiq-ur-Rehman who has advised him for some more tests.

“The ‘seizure’ attack is confirmed but the issue is not serious. May be due to stress or lack of sleep or over-playing, this may have occurred. With the passage of time and with proper rest, Umar will recover,” said a PCB official on Sunday.

Comments (19) Closed

Hyder Aug 27, 2013 05:00pm

Umar Akmal is the future of Pakistan cricket and must be looked after properly by the PCB. If needed he should be sent abroad for second medical opinion.

Kind Regards,

Hyder Ali

Noor Aug 27, 2013 05:37pm

PCB should tell the piblic honestly what is the real case . Not just make up a fancy heart throbing story to gain sympathies .Let the people know if he was involved in any kind of law breaking activities or so .

satyendra Aug 27, 2013 06:38pm

Get well soon Mr. Akmal. You are the most exciting batsman in the Pakistani side!! We cant afford to miss you!!

Muhammad Rehan Ghazi Aug 27, 2013 07:46pm

Best of Luck to Umar Akmal. He is an extremely talented player and he must have a good future with Pakistan cricket, if he stays fit and keeps himself sane. Very good advice by Jonty Rhodes.

milli Aug 27, 2013 08:38pm

I hope it is not serious and Umar recovers quickly, but there is a strong suggestion of too much red bull type drinks as previously advised by a renowned neuro-surgeon to the PCB, but most of the PBC are on Red bullshit to understand how to look after our players

Kopite Aug 27, 2013 09:22pm

@Noor: Very insensitive. It is ONLY Umar's right to decide whether he should share his medical condition with the public or not. I dare you to list your medical problems publicly in response to this! Shame on you.

Mustafa Aug 27, 2013 09:56pm

@Hyder: It is true that Umar Akmal is the future of Pakistan but I vehemently disagree with your comment to send him abroad for 2nd medical opinion. FYI, I and many of my Pakistani friends in US always look for Pakistani doctor, because of several reasons.

Dr. Noor Aug 27, 2013 09:59pm

@noor I am unable to understand why our media and public has a biased view about the AKMALS and due to this bias, Pakistan team balance has gone, i know Kami has made mistakes in wicketkeeping over the years, but we do not have any suitable replacement of him, hence Pakistan is suffering.

This Seizure disorder of Umar may have also been caused by the extra burden that wicketkeeping has put on him, you never know.

Hilton Ackerman Aug 28, 2013 02:11am

Get well Umar, you have a long career ahead of you

ismail Aug 28, 2013 02:31am

As we know umar akmal is the futer of pakistan but we shuld take cure of his health we miss his laknesses in the team I sugessed him dont come to team until ur all right.

SRK Aug 28, 2013 05:08am

Nature has done, what PCB was unwilling to do, keep him out of the Pakistan team

Nadeem Iqbal Aug 28, 2013 06:34am

@Dr. Noor: Are you serious? And you call yourself a doctor? Please do not mislead people. Seizures in Umar Akmal's age are either due to some old injury, tumor, drugs, alcohol and sometimes "idiopathic" meaning doctors do not know the cause. Stress would not trigger a seizure in someone who does not have a seizure disorder.

M A Mujeeb Aug 28, 2013 07:34am

Thank you Jhonty for your sympathy and advice to Omar Akmal.

sanityprevails Aug 28, 2013 09:03am

Good advise by the legend but I don't think he will follow as it requires brain and maturity :)

asad Aug 28, 2013 09:46am

asad@ umar is a young batsman. bt he cant play cricket coz he want his brother till his brother is out frm squad he will never play for team if kamran will slected in team then he can be serious

asad Aug 28, 2013 09:52am

@asad: umar akmal kamran akmal both brothers want to play cricket but umar akmal has in a big situation and kamran will nevr play till umar out frm team so eventually u seen in cricket kamran working in field dropping catches making angry face for showing that he struggling bt luck is bad

Hamid Aug 28, 2013 10:09am

@Mustafa: same here in UAE we prefer to either go for Pakistani docs or to go back to Pak.

Sarim Alvi Aug 28, 2013 12:29pm

Dear Umar,

I had the same problem for a couple of years and now it is completely cured. If You want you should see Dr Najam Sheikh of AKU in KArachi. a brilliant neurologist and even a better human being.

Rashid Khan Aug 29, 2013 02:12am

@Hyder: your are correct, Umar will be playing for years to come, In Sha Allah. My father also had more severe epilepsy issue 20 years ago but as he started taking Epilim EC 500mg tablets after his physician recommendation, he never had any such attacks again. So, as Jhonty said this is not such a carrier threatening issue for Umer In Sha Allah