New Delhi, Feb 26: Former Pakistan legendary pacer, Wasim Akram has made it clear that he would not be associated with the IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders for the sixth edition of IPL citing personal reasons.
Wasim Akram was the bowling coach and mentor of the Gautam Gambhir-led side in the lucrative league since three years and was also a part of the core team along with coach Trevor Bayliss in coming up with strategies for the IPL champions during his reign.
According to Kolkata Knight Riders, Wasim Akram has expressed his desire to quit KKR during IPL 6 and has hinted at rejoining the team later since there is a need to spend time with his family as his two teenage sons Taimur and Akbar need his support at the moment.
Citing his hectic schedule for the decision, Wasim Akram has decided to spend valuable time with his family since he has been travelling a lot due to his increased media commitments and IPL related work.
A veteran of 104 Tests and 356 ODIs, Wasim Akram will be missed by the players of KKR and the team management as his experience counts a lot.
The legendary cricketer tweeted on his micro blogging site that he would not be a part of KKR during the sixth edition of IPL.
Wasim Akram @wasimakramlive
I am just taking off for this season, #KKR are the champions. I will be back soon until then all my best wishes are with the Knights #KLJ
Retweeted by Kol Knight Riders
Following this tweet there were many responses from the team management and players associated with Kolkata Knight Riders.
Venky Mysore @VenkyMysore
Disappointed that @wasimakramlive will miss this season with KKR due to personal/family reasons. Will miss you Waz. See you back in 2014.
Manoj Tiwary @tiwarymanoj
@wasimakramlive. Thank u bhaiya but vl surely miss u a lot !! Thanks 4 being there in difficult times 4 me nd guidin me..Ur gem of a person
Kol Knight Riders @KKRiders
RT @wasimakramlive : Best of Luck Kolkata Knight Riders, @iamsrk @VenkyMysore and all Purple Knights for the coming IPL season! #KLJ
Following Akram's deicision to quit KKR, the team director for the last five editions of the cash-rich league, Joy Bhattacharjya would be seen in the role of an advisor(content development and management)
Meanwhile Team India's fielding coach, Trevor Penny who was associated with Deccan Chargers earlier in the IPL will be joining KKR camp as fielding coach, according to sources.