In a startling revelation, former PCB Chairman Najam Sethi has claimed that banned Test batsman Umar Akmal suffers from epilepsy for which he had refused to take therapy.
Umar was not too long ago slapped with a 3-12 months ban for not reporting corrupt approaches earlier than the beginning of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
Sethi, who was Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman and Head of Executive Committee between 2013 and 2018, mentioned when he took over the reins of the cricket physique, the primary downside he confronted involved Umar.
“We had medical reports that confirmed he suffered from epilepsy fits and we called him back from the West Indies. When I met him I told him it was a serious problem and he needed to take a break and get proper treatment. But he was not willing to accept this. He was mentally not there,” Sethi informed a TV Channel.
“Anyway I stopped him from playing for two months but later on we sent the medical reports to the selectors and left it to them because I didn’t like to interfere in their work.” Epilepsy is a central nervous system (neurological) dysfunction during which mind exercise turns into irregular, inflicting seizures or durations of surprising behaviour, sensations, and generally lack of consciousness.
Sethi additionally claimed that Umar put himself above the workforce regardless of being a supremely gifted cricketer.
“…but he refuses to accept discipline and he is an individualistic player prone to play with instinct. He plays for himself not for his team. He is outside all discipline.” The former official additionally feels the three-12 months ban imposed on Umar would ultimately finish his profession.
“I am afraid his career is threatened and it appears to me to be the end of the line for him. Umar has always been someone outside all discipline and this three-year ban was going to happen,” he mentioned.