Wasim Akram to miss 2017 season with KKR

Knight Riders support staff members Wasim Akram and Jacques Kallis talk ahead of the match BCCI

Former Pakistan fast bowler Wasim Akram will not be the Kolkata Knight Riders bowling coach for the 2017 IPL season because of "professional commitments and time constraints."

"We will miss Wasim bhai 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," Venky Mysore, managing director and CEO of KKR, said. "We wish him the very best in all his endeavours."

Akram said he would miss being a part of the team. "I have loved the camaraderie in the KKR team and have enjoyed every opportunity to mentor the highly talented team over the years," he said." I am surely going to miss being part of the dressing room but I wish the team continued success."

Akram, who turned 50 in June, was a member of the KKR coaching staff since 2010. He had previously taken a break from the IPL in 2013 in order to spend more time with his family.

The tenth season of the IPL begins on April 5 next year.