File photo of Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal. (Getty Images)
Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has ordered a fresh MRI scan on young batsman Umar Akmal who claimed to be fit after returning home early from the Caribbean Premier League. Umar returned to Lahore after being called by the PCB from the West Indies where he was playing in the CPL and is said to have suffered an epileptic fit while on a flight from Trinidad to Antigua.
"I am fit and there is nothing wrong with me. I have had some tests in the West Indies and they were clear. Such reports cause distress to my family and my fans," Umar said, blaming the media for spreading unfounded stories about his fitness.
The PCB asked Umar to return to Pakistan in the company of an Indian doctor who accompanied him to New York and Abu Dhabi. The Pakistan board named Sarfraz Ahmed as the replacement player for the series in Zimbabwe.
Umar, who had been handed the additional charge of keeping wickets on Pakistan's recent tour to West Indies, had stayed on in the Caribbean after the tour ended to play in the CPL.
The right-handed batsman said he had brought his medical reports with him and would also meet with the PCB chairman Najam Sethi to clear up the matter. But the board was clearly not satisfied and after going through his medical reports ordered him to undergo another an MRI at the Shaukat Khanum hospital.
"We will get the reports tomorrow and will know the position clearly," a PCB source said. Interestingly while Umar claimed at the airport that he was fit and ready to play, his elder brother Kamran Akmal had told reporters that his brother in fact had a back pain.