Former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi has revealed that banned batsman Umar Akmal has epileptic seizures, for which he has refused treatment. Omar has recently been banned for 3 years for not reporting contact with corrupt people before the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
Najam Sethi has been the Chairman of the PCB and the Chairman of the Executive Committee from 2013 to 2018. He said that the first problem he faced when he became chairman of the board was related to Umar (Akmal). Sethi told a TV channel, ‘We had a medical report which confirmed he had epileptic seizures and we called him back from the West Indies. When I met him I said that this is a serious problem and he needs to take rest and get proper treatment. But he was not ready to believe it.
He said, “Whatever I did, I stopped him from playing for two months but later we sent the medical report to the selectors and left a decision on him as I did not like to interfere in his work.” Epilepsy is a disease associated with the central nervous system (neurological), in which brain activity becomes abnormal. Sethi also said that Omar is a very talented cricketer but he considers himself bigger than the team.
He said, ‘He does not like being in discipline. He plays for himself, not for the team. He does not care about discipline.