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Lee to double up as KKR bowling mentor

Nagraj Gollapudi

March 6, 2013

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Brett Lee is congratulated after dismissing Chris Jones, Kolkata Knight Riders v Somerset, CLT20 qualifier, Hyderabad, September 21, 2011
Brett Lee was happy to pick up the additional duties of bowling mentor after Wasim Akram decided to take a break this season © AFP

Brett Lee, the former Australia quick, will double up as the fast-bowling spearhead-cum-bowling mentor for Kolkata Knight Riders for the forthcoming IPL season. Lee was happy to pick up the additional duties after Wasim Akram, bowling consultant at the franchise, decided to take a break this year.

According to Venky Mysore, the Knight Riders CEO, once Akram opted out, the franchise deliberated about whether to go for a new consultant or look for inside help. Mysore said the team management felt Lee was easily best suited for the mentor's job based on his vast experience as a quality international fast bowler. "It is about him taking more leadership role than anything dramatically different. He said he was honoured to take up that role," Mysore said.

The additional responsibility will not in any way have an impact on Lee's availability during the tournament and Mysore said that Lee would continue to be one of the frontline fast bowlers for the Knight Riders. 

The IPL season begins on April 3 with the Knight Riders taking on Delhi Daredevils at Eden Gardens.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by yatinmalik on (March 9, 2013, 11:41 GMT)

Will he play alll the matches.?.?? I dont think so?.? What do you guys think?

Posted by British_North_America on (March 7, 2013, 19:24 GMT)

The problem is any bowler may have a bad day.Just consider the situation when the mentor conceded 24 runs in an over and the very next match, he will have to teach others about how to bowl well in tough time.Lee is not a Shane Warne.Warne did that job earlier but he was exceptional.

Posted by CricketMaan on (March 6, 2013, 15:59 GMT)

I hope Shami, Jayadev learn more from Lee. Could it be his first step towards taking over Aus bwlg coach role someday?

Posted by   on (March 6, 2013, 12:31 GMT)

The most popular Aussie in India!

Posted by B.Moizuddin.Gouhar on (March 6, 2013, 10:50 GMT)

good for lee a new door of opportunities will come along if he is successfull in his new assignments and good for kkr too coz less is with kkr for long time now he knows about kkr players as much as akram knows... cant wait anymore for ipl to kick off.

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