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Umar Akmal out of Pakistan cricket tour of Zimbabwe after epileptic fit

Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman reportedly got an attack on flight to Jamaica during Caribbean Premier League T20 tournament.

Pakistan cricketers attend a training session without Umar Akmal ahead of the Zimbabwe tour.
Pakistan cricketers attend a training session without Umar Akmal ahead of the Zimbabwe tour.

KARACHI // Umar Akmal, the Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman, is out of this month's tour to Zimbabwe after he suffered an epileptic fit while on duty for Barbados in the Caribbean Premier League.

Sarfaraz Ahmed has been called into the tour squad as his replacement.

"Sarfaraz has been included in place of Umar who has been called back from the West Indies for medical checks," said a Pakistan Cricket Board official.

The official did not elaborate on Umar's medical problem but a family member who declined to be identified told Reuters that the player was on a flight to Jamaica when he had his epileptic fit.

Umar, 23, has played in 16 Tests for Pakistan, scoring 1,003 runs at an average of 35.82. He has also featured in 76 one-dayers and 45 Twenty20s.

Pakistan will play two Tests, three one-dayers and two Twenty20s in Zimbabwe. The opening game is a T20 international in Harare on Friday.

Imran Farhat, the Test opener, has also withdrawn from the squad, citing domestic problems. He will be replaced by the uncapped Shan Masood.

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