Jonty Rhodes advises seizure-affected Umar Akmal to be patient

Former South African batsman Jonty Rhodes has advised Pakistani batsman Umar Akmal to be patient and follow his doctor’s advice for his seizure illness.


English: Pakistan cricketer Umar Akmal, during...

English: Pakistan cricketer Umar Akmal, during a test match between New Zealand and Pakistan at the University Oval in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Umar Akmal has recently been diagnosed with an illness co-related with epilepsy, the disease which affected the Test players like late Tony Greig and Jonty Rhodes.

Speaking from South Africa, 45-year-old Rhodes said, “Umkar Akmal has to be patient and strictly follow the medications prescribed by his doctor”.

“A seizure is a sudden surge of vibration creative activity in the brain. The frequency of attack is different in different people because all people have different brains”.

Earlier this month Umar had to spend a night in hospital after a seizure on the flight to Jamaica in West Indies where he went to play.

“Akmal has a long cricketing career ahead and this disease is curable if proper dosage of medicine is maintained. He must look after himself”, Rhodes added.

“I had a very mild form of epilepsy, so never had to go on medication for long. Nowadays, with the medication available, you can continue with your life, and never have to feel that you suffer from this disease”, he added.

Akmal has been seen by Lahore’s renowned neuro physician Dr. Atiq ur Rehman, who has advised him for some more tests.

“The seizure attack is confirmed but the issue is not serious. May be due to stress or lack of sleep or over playing, this may have occurred With passage of time and rest, he will recover”, a Pakistan Cricket Board official said.

Bipin Dani

A Civil Engineer by profession, Bipin is also a senior cricket journalist in India.
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