IPL news February 25, 2013

Akram takes break as KKR bowling coach

ESPNcricinfo staff

Kolkata Knight Riders bowling coach Wasim Akram will not be available this IPL season because he wants to spend more time with his family. Akram has been with Knight Riders, the IPL champions, for the last three seasons, forming the coaching unit along with chief coach Trevor Bayliss.

"Wasim Akram will be badly missed," Knight Riders' chief executive Venky Mysore said. "He is a legend and a great motivator to have around the team. However, we fully appreciate the reason why he will be unavailable. We hope to work with him in future."

Knight Riders appointed Trevor Penney as their fielding coach. Penny is presently fielding coach of the Indian team and also worked with Deccan Chargers, a former IPL franchise.

The sixth season of the IPL begins on April 3.

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  • Dummy4 on February 28, 2013, 3:48 GMT

    i mis wasim a lot....upto date we dont have left arm seamer like him on the whole....lets alll wish him a happpy and peaceful life....

  • Dummy4 on February 27, 2013, 22:11 GMT

    Wish Akram palistan coach and Junaid n Md Amir playing under the GREAT

  • Binu on February 27, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    If i select an eleven my opening bowlers will be Wasim Akram and Allan Donald

  • Praveen on February 26, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    Wasim-THE GREAT will b missed. Luv u & ur swinging yorkers. Stil watching clips of your bowling best. Wish u gud luck in ur future endeavours. Plz cme bak 2 cricket soon-dnt make us 2 wait soon.

  • Deepak on February 26, 2013, 12:23 GMT

    KKR won't make it to the playoffs this season. MI, PWI, DD and RCB look a lot stronger and then you have the ever-consistent CSK too.

  • Darshan on February 26, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    Big drawback! Especially for Uncapped talents of KKR.

  • yasir on February 26, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    kkr wil miss him..but if they gng wid the same team they hav a chanc of wining the title dis year..my team for them 1. Gautham 2. Bisla 3. Kallis 4. Tiwary 5. Yousuf 6. Shakib/doeschate 7. Das/shukla 8. Patinson 9. Balaji 10. Iqbal 11.narine

  • Dummy4 on February 26, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    i like akram he s my favourite bowler and best bowler ever the world produced

  • Dummy4 on February 26, 2013, 6:21 GMT

    well.. if he gets paid he will coach pakistanis too....

  • Chakravarthy on February 26, 2013, 3:13 GMT

    The tensions between India and Pak may also have been a factor in his decision. Pakistani stars are becoming more conspicuous by their presence nowadays.