Two time IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will miss their bowling coach Wasim Akram in the upcoming IPL season in 2017. The Knight’s bowling coach and mentor Akram will miss the next IPL edition, the franchise announced through a press release early on Saturday.
The Pakistan legend has cited his professional commitments and time constraints as the reason that he will be unavailable in the upcoming tournament.
“I have loved the camaraderie in KKR team and have enjoyed every opportunity to mentor the highly talented team over the years. I am surely going to miss being part of the dressing room but I wish the team continued success,” Akram was quoted as saying in the press release.
Gautam Gambhir recently spoke about cutting all the relations with Pakistan after the Uri attack, KKR’s CEO Venky Mysore was asked whether his remarks had any influence on the exclusion of Akram and he replied, “absolutely not.”
KKR on their behalf also released a press statement where Mysore said, “We will miss Waist Bahia who has been part of the KKR family over the last few years and has played a significant role in our title triumphs in 2012 and 2014. We wish him the very best in all his endeavors.”
The Kolkata based franchise is owned by Shahrukh Khan and have emerged as one of the top sides after their early failures under Sourav Ganguly’s captaincy. They have won the IPL in 2012 and 2014 and last season they lost in the play-offs. This is also not the first season where Wasim Akram is unavailable, as he skipped the tournament in 2013 to spend some time with his family. On that season, KKR as defending champions finished 7th.
It’s a no brainer that Wasim’s absence will be a big miss for the young talents in the Knight Riders’ ranks. He was more of a guide than a coach who talked to the younger players and have surely played a part in their progress. It’s now to see how KKR cope up without Akram in the IPL, which starts on 5th April next year.
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