LAHORE - Pakistan’s batsman wicket-keeper Umar Akmal announced that he was fit to play despite reports stating otherwise.
Talking to the reporters on Tuesday here at the Allama Iqbal International Airport after his return from West Indies, Umar said he would be meeting the acting Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi and would reveal all facts soon. “I have brought my medical reports with me and will show them to the chairman. I will also hold a press conference to clear the situation.”
He said this news made his family worried so media should avoid spreading such rumours. “When my family heard this news, it made them worried and they were anxious to talk to me to come know about my health. This is nothing but propaganda against me and I will clear my stance in a press conference after meeting with the acting PCB chairman.”
In a latest statement, the PCB said that Umar Akmal’s MRI tests have been taken and the board would soon take any decision about it.
It is likely that the PCB will issue an explanatory letter to Umar in which he will be asked to explain his stance.
The PCB has pulled the 23-year-old batsman from the squad set to tour Zimbabwe and that he had been called back from the West Indies for fitness problems. “Umar has immediately been called back," a PCB statement said. “He will undergo a complete medical examination to reassess the level of his fitness, meanwhile, the national selection committee has proposed the name of Sarfraz Ahmad as his replacement for Pakistan one-day and T20 squads for the upcoming tour of Zimbabwe.”
Meanwhile, a person close to Umar also told the media that the batsman had suffered a seizure during a flight to Jamaica and spent a night in hospital. Umar had been playing for Barbados Tridents in the ongoing Caribbean League after Pakistan's recent tour to the West Indies.